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      Jordan: Boycott Drive Hits Next Level

      Jordanian boycott committee pushes ban on all companies that transport Israeli or American goods.
      By Maayana Miskin
      First Publish: 7/11/2010, 7:29 PM / Last Update: 7/11/2010, 8:06 PM

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      One of Jordan's largest committees to oppose the normalization of ties with Israel – the Higher Executive Committee for Defending the Homeland and Confronting Normalization – has called on national unions not only to avoid business with Israel, but to take the additional step of refusing to deal with companies that transport goods to and from the Jewish state.

      The committee asked the Jordanian general federation of trade unions to refuse to load or unload goods from Israel or the United States, or to do any work involving ships heading to Israel. The request was signed by Hamza Mansour of the Islamic Action Front.

      Mansour noted that the Swedish Dockworkers Union had temporarily refused to work with Israeli ships in response to a clash between Israeli soldiers and a Gaza-bound flotilla. Turkish citizens aboard the flotilla brutally attacked soldiers, who opened fire in response, killing nine.

      Jordan, not Sweden, should take the lead in boycotting Israel, he said.

      Regarding its call to boycott U.S. goods, the committee said America “is a strategic ally for the Zionist enemy, and is very hostile against the Arabs and Muslims.”

      Jordan and Israel signed a peace treaty in 1994. However, many political parties and other groups in Jordan oppose the peace deal, and have called to cut all ties with Israel.