Thursday, October 08, 2009

Kuwaiti bill to ban dealings with Israel

From al-Arabiya:

Five Islamist lawmakers in Kuwait introduced a bill on Thursday calling for a total ban on dealing with Israel and proposing up to 10 years in jail for violators.

All "dealing, establishing ties or contacts and opening representative offices of any type at any level with the Zionist entity, directly or indirectly" would be banned.

The bill would also prohibit government and private agencies, individuals and companies from striking agreements and protocols with Israel and from meeting with Israelis.

It stipulates a prison term of between three and 10 years and a fine not exceeding $17,500 for violators.

Parliament will later set a date to debate the bill, which must be passed by parliament and signed by the emir to become law. A similar one introduced two years ago never reached the floor for debate.
So if the bill passes and Mahmoud Abbas visits Kuwait, would he be arrested?