Boycott Watch  
June 22, 2012
Apple Stores Won't Sell to Iran or Iranians, Following US Law
Summary: Apple complies with US Department of Commerce enforced export and antiboycott laws.
    Yesterday, Debbie Schlussel shared a video of a news report about how an Apple store refused to sell their products to someone speaking Farsi, the language of Iran.

    The video in her report spoke about people complaining about discrimination, but Apple was in fact following US laws which prohibit the potential export of certain high-tech items to certain nations. Boycott Watch follows news from the US Department of Commerce, and import-export laws in particular, much of which can be found at the website.

    The fact is, the US has strict laws about what can and cannot be exported, export licensing, the violations of which can result in fines and jail time. As such, one cannot claim discrimination for following the law.

    With this, Boycott Watch also follows the Bureau of Industry & Security of the Department of Commerce, which states the following on their website: "These regulations are issued by the United States Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry & Security (BIS) under laws relating to the control of certain exports, reexports, and activities. In addition, the EAR implement antiboycott law provisions requiring regulations to prohibit specified conduct by United States persons that has the effect of furthering or supporting boycotts fostered or imposed by a country against a country friendly to United States."

    "The US Department of Commerce has strict laws which are equally enforced" said Fred Taub, President of Boycott Watch. "Iran is not on good terms with the US and the US has the right to determine where our technology goes. You can't fault a company for following the law."

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