1976 Tax Reform Act
'agreements to refuse or
actual refusal to do business
with or in Israel,' the report
May 1, 2002
facing threats from pro-Israeli supporters
despite issuing letter of
Business Under Fire For Boycott of
Chicago - May 1, 2002 (IAP
News) A US auto part
export company has recently refused to
sell some auto parts to an Israeli citizen
based upon the current situation in the
"We must inform you that Texas Export
will not do business with Israeli citizens
at this time," wrote John Harris,
Automotive Export of Dripping Springs,
Texas. "We urge you to rein in your
military and stop your oppression of the
Palestinian people," the letter said.
"Your country has lost the respect of the
civilized world," it concluded.
A national radio
talk show host named Neal
Boortz decided to discuss the incident
on April 26 on his show and urged his
listeners to "pick on" the company.
In addition, the story has circulated
all over the mainstream media and Israeli
IAP called the
company this morning, and spoke with
Mr. Harris who informed us that he as
been receiving hundreds of negative
supporters of Israel.
Harris told IAP that he is very afraid,
and despite the fact he later wrote a
letter of regret and apologized for any
inconvenience or insult that was caused by
his letter, he still really needs
continued vocal and physical support as
the threats are continuing to pour in.
The company may also come under legal
fire. According to a report in the April
28th edition of the Israeli
Insider, "a warning issued by the
Bureau of Industry and Security at the
United States Department of Commerce, the
compliance of American businesses to
"requests to engage in activities that
further or support the boycott of
may be prohibited by the
Export Administration Regulations and
reportable to the Department."
The 1976 Tax Reform Act specifically
prohibited "agreements to refuse or actual
refusal to do business with or in Israel,"
the report further read.
Harris said he received many positive
calls of support, but on the ground this
is not enough to ensure his safety and
that of his employees.
Texas Automotive Export and express
support phone them at 512-858-7216, or