Persian Gulf

  • Jewish Orphan in Yemen Kills Herself

    The forcible conversion of orphaned Jewish children in Yemen has led to tragedy, according to reports brought here this week by members of a pro-Israel Japanese sect, Makopya, who had just visited Yemen. They said a young Jewish girl jumped off a cliff after she and her 14 brothers were forced to convert to Islam,… More ▸

  • Saudi Ambassador Meets with American Jews

    Prince Bandar Ibn Sultan, the Saudi Arabian ambassador to Washington, met Monday with over 60 Jewish organizational leaders in two meetings called at his request. The meetings, the first high-profile, publicized discussions between the Saudis and Jewish leaders, were termed a “breakthrough” by one participant. The ambassador was in New York primarily for the meetings… More ▸

  • Kuwaiti Bank Fined on Boycott

    The New York branch of a Kuwaiti bank has been assessed the largest monetary penalty ever imposed for violating filing requirements of the anti-boycott provisions of the U.S. Export Administration Act, the U.S. Commerce Department has announced. CBK-NY, the New York branch of the Commercial Bank of Kuwait, agreed to pay $383,100 in civil penalties… More ▸

  • U.N. Elects Saudi Ambassador President of General Assembly

    Saudi Arabia’s low profile at the United Nations moved center stage this week with the election of Samir Shihabi as president of the General Assembly. There is little indication yet as to how the election of the Saudi ambassador will affect Israel, which had supported Papua New Guinea’s foreign minister, Michael Somare, for the post…. More ▸

  • Senator with Israeli-stamped Passport Allowed to Enter Saudi Arabia, Kuwait

    Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.) has apparently become the first person allowed to enter Saudi Arabia and Kuwait with a passport indicating a previous visit to Israel. “With that simple but significant act of stamping my passport, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait have removed another obstacle from the road toward peace in the Middle East,” Lieberman said… More ▸

  • Kuwait Says It Expects to Revoke Secondary Boycott Laws ‘very Soon’

    Kuwait will soon revoke laws barring contracts with foreign companies that do business with Israel, a Kuwaiti Embassy official said Thursday. Revocation is “only a matter of time” and will occur “very soon,” predicted Raed al-Rifai, spokesman at the embassy. Elan Steinberg, executive director of the World Jewish Congress, welcomed that statement. The WJC also… More ▸

  • Proposed Saudi Arms Sale Faces Little Opposition

    Congress is not expected to oppose a proposed $365 million arms sale to Saudi Arabia. President Bush formally notified Congress on Monday that the package includes 2,000 MK-84 bombs, 2,100 cluster bombs, 770 Sparrow air-to-air missiles and laser-guided bomb components. A pro-Israel lobbyist said the package consists of “small dollar” items — “most of it… More ▸

  • Kuwait to Stop Enforcing Boycott on American Firms, Envoy Reports

    Kuwait will cease to impose restrictions of the Arab League boycott on American companies bidding for contracts in the reconstruction of Kuwait, according to Thomas Pickering, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. “Let the U.S. now test that,” Pickering told Jewish leaders here Sunday. American firms are expected to receive 70 percent of the… More ▸

  • Kuwait Said to Be Taking Bids Only from Firms with No Jews

    Kuwait, doubly devastated by six months of Iraqi occupation and the seven-week Persian Gulf war, is still demanding that firms submitting bids for work in that country include statements that they are not Jewish and do not employ Jews, according to Israeli officials. The issue arises now particularly as Kuwait seeks to reconstruct its war-torn… More ▸

  • Kuwait, Saudi Arabia Deny Visas to Senator Because of Israel Stamp

    The Saudi and Kuwaiti governments denied visitor’s visas to Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) because his passport contained Israeli entrance stamps. The move, a somewhat unexpected happening following the Persian Gulf war, was denounced Tuesday by Melvin Salberg, national chairman of the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith, during meetings of the group held here. Lautenberg, one… More ▸