Boycott Watch
April 1, 2011
Op-Ed: Walking with Evil: Obama Cozy's with the Arab League
Op-Ed by Fred Taub
President, Boycott Watch
Author, Boycotting Peace
    As the media continually mentions President Obama getting Arab League approval prior to establishing a no-fly zone in Libya, the media has not explained what the Arab League is, probably because they just don't know. The public perception of the Arab League, as a result, is that is just a congress of Arab states, as the name implies. That may be true, but that is only part of the story that may read like a cheap detective novel, but is alarmingly true.

   Prior to the First Zionist Congress in 1897, Jews were buying land in the Palestine Region of the Ottoman Empire from absentee landlords. These were relatively easy purchases, all backed up with land deeds, because it was land nobody wanted. Just a few years prior in his 1867 book The Innocents Abroad, Mark Twain described the region as "A desolate country whose soil is rich enough but is given over wholly to weeds. A silent, mournful expanse. We never saw a human being on the whole route. There was hardly a tree or a shrub anywhere. Even the olive and the cactus, those fast friends of a worthless soil, had almost deserted the country."

   While the growing presence of Jews in the region attracted many Arabs who wanted to benefit from the influx of money raised by Jews to reclaim the desert, it also attracted many Arabs who did not want to see Jews there. It did not take long for boycotts of Jewish interests, starting as early as 1910, to spring up with the specific intent of starving out the Jews in the region. However, the Arabs were not content with small-town boycotts and once a "Jewish National Homeland" was envisioned by the world bodies, the Arab Congress was formed in 1921 to regionalize their boycott and prevent Israel from being formed. The Arab plan to destroy Israel predates the creation of Israel and for that matter, the vast majority of Arab nations.

   Later, in recognition that the Arab nations were officially formed, the Arab Congress changed its name to The League of Arab States, or Arab League as it is more commonly known today. Although their website ( only lists ten official members, there are in fact 21 official member states plus "Palestine." The Arab League meets on a regular basis, including in Egypt despite not being listed as a member on the website. Their website, therefore, is more about public relations than their stated goals.

   One topic you can be assured of at every Arab League meeting is a vote to affirm and strengthen their boycott of Israel. That should not be a surprise for two reasons. First, of course, the Arab boycott is the founding principal of the Arab League, and because the Arab League has declared war on Israel despite not being an actual nation itself. Syria, which hosts the Central Office for the Boycott of Israel, or Central Boycott Office, holds a tight reign on the boycott. For example, the CBO forbids any ship that has ever docked in Israel from ever docking in an Arab nation. Actions such as these are meant to intimidate everyone from conducting business in or with Israel in order to further the Arab boycott and their plan to bankrupt Israel.

   If the Arab League did not represent the vast majority of Arab states, the ten voting nations listed on their website would not be a majority of the Arab world, and therefore would not be able to enact a policy to remove a leader from its midst. In reality, it took a vast majority vote by the Arab nations to ask President Obama to establish a no-fly zone over Libya, as all Arab nations are in the Arab League. Once again, we see evidence that the Arab League comprises far more than the ten states listed on their website.

   Therefore, when President Obama acted in consultation with and permission from the Arab League to establish a no-fly zone in Libya, which will no doubt assist with the removal of Quadaffi from power, he acted in the best interests of those sworn to the destruction of Israel. More worrisome, the West has no idea who the rebels are and what type of government they plan for Libya. I believe the Arab League knows exactly who may become the next leader of Libya, which is why they are so keen on regime change.

   By consulting with the Arab League and not Congress before aiding regime change in Libya, President Obama inherently stated he values the opinion of people sworn to Israel's destruction more then the opinions of our nationally elected officials. Unfortunately, this is not the first time President Obama has acted in the best interests of the Arab League. President Obama has taken the side of Palestinians against Israel; he changed his Egypt policy to match the Arab League stance of removing Mubarak from power; and still refuses to stand with Israel while the Iranian Mullahs threaten Israel's complete annihilation.

   While the Obama doctrine may not be the machinations of a novelist, it is scary to realize his foreign policy is more concerned with placating the world than addressing the concerns of our own Congress. It is a classic Dr. Strangelove paradigm. Nobody knows exactly what is on the Presidents mind, nor where his Middle East policy is taking us. What we do know is that is it not good.

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