Close your eyes, breathe in deeply, now exhale slowly… That was easy, wasn’t it? Not for everyone…
London’s main transportation agency has come under fire for a deal with a United Arab Emirates-based company that excludes Israel from future business dealings.
Transport for London signed a 10-year partnership deal with Emirates Air Line on the Thames cable car, which opened in June 2012 ahead of the London Olympics.
According to the 2011 contract, which was revealed by the online watchdog group MayorWatch through a Freedom of Information request, Transport for London agreed to abide by the UAE’s foreign policy in the deal.
Under the terms of the contract, Transport for London will default on the agreement if it sells the cable car to a “conflicting person,” defined as any competitor or “any person who is a national of, or who is registered, incorporated, established or whose principal place of business is in a country with which the UAE does not at the date of this Contract or at any relevant point during the Term maintain diplomatic relations.”
Israel is the only country that falls into that category.
Transport for London would not be allowed to finance the project through Israel-based or Israeli-owned banks, nor would Israel be able to buy the cable cars from Transport for London. Emirates Air Line is providing $ 54.4 million of the project’s more then $95 million construction and development costs.
“This story raises serious concerns, yet we are confident that the relevant British authorities will know how to deal with it,” Amir Ofek, spokesman for the Israeli Embassy in London, told HuffPost UK.
Paul Charney, chair of the United Kingdom’s Zionist Federation, in a statement said the exclusion condition “sets a dangerous precedent, effectively allowing UAE money to dictate government policy through commercial contracts.”
“I call on Transport for London to urgently discuss this matter with foreign and trade ministers and reconsider this agreement before any lasting damage is done.”
About the Author:
If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.
Comments are closed.
There were no injuries, but the bus was badly damaged.
State Dept. claims Congress is “looped in,” but IAEA head refuse to testify at Senate hearings.
They are throwing rocks and blocks at the drivers as they drive by.
“Families should not be stuck paying hidden fees, or buying ‘premium’ seats, simply because they wish to be seated together on crowded flights.”
Arabs threw firebombs and stones at Jewish people, homes and cars all week long, yet the mainstream media missed most of the reports.
The IDF and police are combing Judea and Samaria to search and arrest the attackers.
“Yesha” and Binyamin Regional Council leaders said the attack “is not the path of Jews in Judea and Samaria.”
Saudi Arabia may buy $5.4 billion worth of PAC-3 missiles as part of an effort by the Obama to soothe Riyadh’s anger over the nuclear agreement with Iran. The State Dept. approved the Lockheed missile sale, which also would be another plum for the military-industrial complex. Lockheed stated, “Lockheed Martin is supporting the US government […]
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu issued a statement after this mornings’ arson-murder, apparently by price-tag terrorists, near Shechem (Nablus): I am shocked over this reprehensible and horrific act. This is an act of terrorism in every respect. The State of Israel takes a strong line against terrorism regardless of who the perpetrators are. I have ordered […]
Thousands of security forces have been deployed to the Temple Mount. Mother and brother of baby are in critical condition.
The initial investigation indicates that Price Tag vandals have now graduated to murder.
California Democratic Congressman will vote against Iran deal because it fails to stop Iran from becoming a nuclear threshold state.
Hamas said that the unity government’s reshuffle was “unconstitutional and outside consensus.”
More than 20 cars and buildings in a Jewish community in north London were vandalized with swastikas. The Nazi symbol was drawn on approximately 27 cars in the Osbaldeston Road area of Stoke Newington on Sunday night, The Daily Mail reported. An unnamed 32-year-old man was arrested in connection with the vandalism Tuesday. The neighborhood […]
New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind called on the Jewish community to attend the funeral of an assassinated New York police officer. “The brave men and women of the NYPD risk their lives every day to protect us. We value them and stand with them,” Hikind, a Democrat who represents Brooklyn, said in a statement […]
“Move Jew” scrawled on a Philadelphia home and slurs written on a synagogue and 10 garages in Chicago.
Cuba has “the largest pool of untapped baseball talent in the world, and Major League Baseball may tap and leave Cuba dry.
Argentina’s president Christina Fernandez has accepted an official Jewish godson for the first time in the country’s history to help counter legend of death to a seventh son. She described in seven tweets her meeting with her new godson, Yair Tawil, a member of a Chabad-Lubavitch family. He was adopted as a godson under a […]
Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/london-transport-agency-struck-deal-with-arab-boycott-company/2013/07/17/
Scan this QR code to visit this page online: