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May 26, 2003

One more injustice -- One more outrage

IsraPundit received this letter.

I and other Israel subscribers to Bezeqint. our largest Internet Service provider have found ourselves banned from sending e-mails to an increasingly large segment of the world's internet subscribers.

Beginning last month, my mail to Australian friends began to bounce, and I received the following message;
The Bezeq International SMTP out Mail Server program

Friend@acenet.com.au : host mail1.acenet.com.au[203.202.60.5] said: 554
Service unavailable; Client host [192.115.106.37] blocked using
spews.relays.osirusoft.com; [1] MARIN, see http://spews.org/ask.cgi?S373
(in reply to RCPT TO command)
Using another "free" e-mail account I made enquiries as to why my mail was being blocked. The representative "Acenet" ISP in Australia refused to reply to an Israeli address, but he replied to his Australian client (My friend) saying that "Bezeqint" (Israel's largest ISP) is the world's largest source of spam, and therefore, all mail from Bezeq. is now blocked. (Interestingly---Israeli "Spam" being in Hebrew, would be unreadable by anyone without Hebrew fonts ontheir machine)

Under United States Law & Antiboycott Regulations this is illegal. I urge anyone and everyone to contact the US government about the boycott of Israeli ISP's---using bogus criteria.

It is also Criminal:
The penalties imposed for each "knowing" violation can be a fine of up to $50,000 or five times the value of the exports involved, whichever is greater, and imprisonment of up to five years. During periods when the EAR are continued in effect by an Executive Order issued pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, the criminal penalties for each "willful" violation can be a fine of up to $50,000 and imprisonment for up to ten years.

And Administrative:
For each violation of the EAR any or all of the following may be imposed:
General denial of export privileges;
The imposition of fines of up to $12,000 per violation; and/or

Exclusion from practice.
Boycott agreements under the TRA involve the denial of all or part of the foreign tax benefits discussed about

This boycott has now extended to Excite, and Netscape------both responding that Bezeqint. (Our National server) is being blocked because of "Complaints"------Not one of the US or Australian ISP's are willing to provide examples of these "Complaints"----and they certainly are not about me!

I am a private Israeli citizen, and certainly not a mass-mailing "Spammer"-----Remember, that this boycott will effect newsletters and announcements originating from Israel, and will serve to isolate this tiny country from the rest of the world.

Please help stop this boycott by lodging a complaint with the U.S. Government "Office of Antiboycott Compliance"

Thank you and Shalom from Israel, Tamar