|The following is how Boycott
Watch interprets the US Anti-Boycott laws:
US anti-Boycott laws are in place to prevent a foreign entity, meaning a
government or non-governmental agency such as a business, from requiring or
requesting US persons, meaning citizens or non-citizens in the US, from taking
part in a boycott of a third country's products. The reason for this law is
because Congress doesn't want US citizens to create foreign policy by virtue of
This law mainly blocks foreign entities
wanting to business in the USA from requiring US companies to boycott other
countries the foreign entity boycotts.
An oil producer in Saudi Arabia cannot require a refinery in Texas wanting
to buy Persian Gulf oil not to do business with Israel in order to buy the oil,
even if the refineries business with Israel may have nothing to do with oil.
The Anti-Boycott rules and regulations go further to
block requests for certification of product origin, ship ports-of-call and
Practical applications and
the current boycott of France:
It is illegal to
enjoin into, or complying with requests to cooperate in a boycott of a foreign
country, it's products and services when the boycott is by a foreign entity.
That means if England declares a boycott of France or French products,
Americans may not join into that boycott. The current boycott of French
products has its origin in the US. There are no known links of the boycott of
French goods by foreign countries; therefore no US laws apply to this boycott.
What separates the boycotts of France and Israel is
the fact that the Israel boycott is foreign in nature since it was initiated
and has recently been reaffirmed by the Arab league. The French boycott is a US
domestic boycott. Boycott Watch reaffirms, therefore, that enjoining into the
boycott of Israeli goods is illegal, and concludes that the boycott of French
goods is legal.