The United Arab Emirates is the overwhelming leader in requests for compliance with the Arab boycott of Israel, according to a report to Congress. Of the 1,037 queries demanding boycott compliance that U.S. companies received in financial year 2005, 408 came from the UAE, the Congressional Research Service reported last month in a report made available on the Web site of the Federation of American Scientists. The requests were for compliance with the secondary and tertiary boycotts of companies that deal with Israel. Second in requests was Lebanon, with 84. Some requests came from non-Arab countries, including India and Nigeria. The report, based on Commerce Department information, also said six cases had been closed against participating U.S. companies, including a $500,000 fine imposed against Maine Biological Laboratories. UAE participation in the boycott helped scuttle a deal this year to contract the management of six major U.S. ports to Dubai, one of the emirates.
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