Mohammed Sharaf, CEO of Dubai Ports World, told CNN on Sunday, "I have no problem doing business with Israelis; I do so on a daily basis all over the world. Zim and its subsidiaries, and their cargo, enter our ports and use our services.
"I don't deal with the political issues, I deal with the commercial interests. The other issues [boycott] are dealt with on the political level," he said.
Last week it was first reported in The Jerusalem Post that the parent company of Dubai Ports World participates in the Arab boycott against Israel.
Dubai Ports World is seeking control over six major US ports, including those in New York, Miami, Philadelphia and Baltimore. It is entirely owned by the Government of Dubai via a holding company called the Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation (PCZC), which consists of the Dubai Port Authority, the Dubai Customs Department and the Jebel Ali Free Zone Area.
with Michael Freund