The 83rd Conference of the Liaison Officers of the Arab and Regional Offices on the Boycott of Israel kicked off in Damascus Tuesday with the absence of six Arab countries, the Beirut leftist daily AS SAFIR reported Wednesday. Sixteen Arab countries are taking part in the conference, while Egypt and Jordan--which have diplomatic ties with Israel--and Bahrain, Oman, Mauritania, and the Comoro Islands were absent. According to General Commissioner of the main office for the boycott of Israel, Mohammad al-Tayyib Buslaa, the conference "confirms the Arab boycott of Israel as a legitimate struggle in confronting Israeli crimes and violations against the Palestinian people."
The conference also calls for the boycott of each of the American companies "Pepsi Cola", "Caterpillar", and "Procter and Gamble" in addition to other international companies that they say support Israel. Buslaa called for a prompt Arab response to consolidate the boycott of Israel "as a legitimate action that is secured by international law and conventions".
General Commissioner of the Islamic Office for the Boycott of Israel, Salem al-Aujaili al-Hauni, called for bringing Israeli leaders to the International Criminal Court (ICC) "for their crimes". He said, "The current political developments of the Arab-Israeli conflict show no changes at all in Israel's hostile and expansionist policy, nor do they reveal signs of compliance with the international legitimacy resolutions."
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|Title Annotation:||Regional Report|
|Publication:||The Daily Middle East Reporter (Beirut, Lebanon)|
|Date:||Oct 22, 2009|
|Next Article:||Palestinian affairs.|
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