Syria meeting for boycott of Israel not held for lack of quorum
A meeting set for Sunday, April 22, in Damascus to push for a boycott of Israel did not take place because not enough national delegations showed up, an Arab League official said.
"The meeting is not being held today because it lacked the necessary quorum of two-thirds of Arab countries," the official told AFP.
The official said there were "technical problems" and predicted the meeting would take place "very soon" in Damascus.
The Syrian official newspaper Tishrin announced in February that the Arab League's Office for the Boycott of Israel had sent invitations for the meeting Sunday.
An Arab summit last month in Amman, after lobbying from Syria, had pushed for a "reactivation" of the boycott against Israel in light of deadly Israeli-Palestinian clashes that broke out in late September.
The boycott office was created in 1951 by the Arab League. Its original aim was to produce a blacklist every six months of Israeli companies, or companies of other nationalities, maintaining relations with Israel.
In July 1990, it was authorized by an Arab League ministerial council to apply sanctions against any organization that helped Jews wanting to settle in Israel.
After the 1991 Gulf War and launch of the Middle East peace process, most Arab countries responded to US pressure and dropped boycotts of the companies from third countries. — (AFP, Damascus)
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