Tennis Shoes … Made in Cuba, For Sale in Israel?

Jason Poblete in DC Dispatches:

Tennis Shoes … Made in Cuba, For Sale in Israel?

http://jasonpoblete.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/photo.pngA friend who is visiting Israel this month sent me the attached photo of a pair of shoes on display in a Tel Aviv shoe store. Look at the information right below the price.

Cuba does not have a strong textile manufacturing base. This is the first time I had ever heard of shoes made in Cuba. In fact, up until very recently shoes were on the state rationing system. Most families in Cuba import shoes from Miami.

The average wage for a Cuban worker is approximately $20.00 a month. For about that same amount, it seems you can purchase a pair of sneakers Made in Cuba that have been exported to the Middle East.

I’m having a tough time believing that this could be true. What is the margin on something like this? The Cuban worker must be earning peanuts. If they are being paid anything at all.

We’re going to ask around about these shoes. If they really were made in Cuba, it was with what amounts to slave labor. Not the best way to advance human and labor rights is it?

Then again Cuba has no respect for human rights or the Jewish people. Just ask Alan Gross.

If there were foreign companies with a U.S. presence or some other connection to the United States, watch out. We’re talking TWEA jurisdiction. You may be legally exposed as well.

Our friend in Israel is collecting more information for the great shoe caper.

Stay tuned.

2 thoughts on “Tennis Shoes … Made in Cuba, For Sale in Israel?”

  1. This does not surprise me, especially after former Israeli politician and intelligence officer Rafi Eitan has had several large scale agricultural and construction ventures in Cuba since 1993.
    Lets not forget the Shimon Peres laudatory letter to Fidel Castro in 2010
    http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2010/09/the-shimon-peres-letter-to-fidel-castro/63749/
    followed up by Netanyahu’s praise for Fidel Castro.
    Israel has made no public comments regarding Alan Gross, even though he holds dual citizenship.
    Israeli leaders have demonstrated that they are only looking out for their own political and economic interests regarding the Castro dictatorship. They have done nothing to assist the struggle against the Castro regime, even after Castro sent a tank unit to Syria to fight against Israel in the October 1973 war.

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