GA-Source bericht dat de Libanese douane import van Intel produkten blokkeert, omdat een deel van de Intel produktie plaats vindt in IsraŽl (Intel heeft daar vorig jaar een nieuwe fab van $1,6 miljard neergeplant). Zoals bekend zijn Libanon en IsraŽl niet bepaald vriendjes, bovendien is het in veel Arabische landen wettelijk vastgelegd dat bedrijven die investeren in IsraŽl geboycot kunnen worden:
CNEWZ is reporting that Lebanese customs authorities have blocked imports of computers bearing the name Intel, the world's biggest chip maker, in deference to an obscure law that targets firms with links to Israel.
``Lebanon is racing to solve the Y2K bug problem. This is a very dangerous action that could bring the whole country to a halt,'' Sami Nuseiri, president of industry group the Professional Computer Association, told Reuters.
Urgent orders, some destined for banks and government, had been stuck at borders since customs officials decided last week that bringing in Intel products violated a law banning goods made by firms with a presence in Israel, the importers said.
``Intel is not on the black list. A decision to place it there should be taken only by the council of ministers, not by customs,'' Nuseiri said after meeting Minister of Economy Nasser Saidi. Saidi, who has argued that Lebanon should aim to become a high-tech center for the region, was not available for comment.
Intel has been investing in Israel since 1974 and last year it opened a $1.6 billion plant there, its largest outside the United States.