American Firms Blacklisted in Arab Boycott
NEW YORK (JTA) — Three of the large mail-order merchandiser. demands. The boycott officials
America's largest industrial firms While Zenith was placed on the said that the remaining 800 com-
have been placed on the agenda blacklist for dealing with Israel, panies refuse to comply because
of the Arab Boycott Committee Sears is being boycotted apparently they are "Zionist controlled." Is-
Currently meeting in Kuwait, and out of confusion with an unrelated raeli officals, according to the re-
face possible boycott action by British firm named Sears. The port, are said to consider the boy-
the Arab League, according to a American mail-order company has cott more of a nuisance than a
New York Times report from not even bothered to explain its serious deterrent to economic de-
"innocence," the Times report velopment or military security.
Two of the American firms, the stated.
(The Jewish News had been in-
The report cited claims by Arab formed that the Ford Motor Co.
Ford Motor Company along with
its subsidiary, the Philco Corpora- officials that, of the 7,000 to 9,000 has not altered its plans to estab-
tion, and Coca-Cola International companies contacted by the Arab lish an assembly plant in Israel.
Corporation, have been threatened Boycott Committee, about 90 per- The Coca-Cola agreement with an
with boycott action by the Arabs cent have complied with boycott Israeli firm also remains intact).
for planning expansion of their
operations in Israel. The third
company, Radio Corporation of
America, has also been placed
on the blacklist agenda, although
no Arab official has yet publicly
WASHINGTON (JTA) — Presi-
effort. He emphasized he had
disclosed that company's alleged dent Johnson told a press confer- an
said that the knowledge and
"offense." The Times report sug- ence- Oct. 13 that he had instructed then
gested that it might involve the Ellsworth Bunker, the new Am- experience obtained by the joint-
project would be made available
pressing of phonograph records in bassador-at-Large, to review pro- to
all other countries.
posals for a joint United States-
According to the report, both Israel test of the feasibility of us- Clerics to Teach Religion
Ford and Coca-Cola have "dis- ing nuclear energy to desalinate
`Objectively' in Schools
creetly" approached Arab officials seawater.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (JTA) -- As
with offers to increase their oper-
The President said he was "de-
ations in Arab countries to offset termined" to get a "substantial long as they teach the subject ob-
planned expansions in Israel. Ford breakthrough" on the problem dur- jectively, it is legal for two Chris-
is reported to have made "an at-
ing his administration and that tian ministers to teach a high
tractive offer" to comply with a Bunker would give careful study school course in Bible literature,
request by Egyptian authorities to to the plan "in relation to all as- Attorney General Robert F. Mat-
manufacture trucks and cars for pects of Israel's water problem." thews ruled here.
reexport, to offset import costs
He based his opinion on a re-
The President thus revived a cent U.S. Supreme Court ruling,
and to help Egypt earn hard cur-
rency. Coca-Cola has recently
at the request of the Ministerial
taken large advertisements in agement, which had been dormant Association of Harlan to offer a
Egyptian newspapers to emphasize for months amid rumors that the course in Bible literature in Har-
its contribution to the Egyptian United States wanted controls over lan High School.
economy and to disclose plans for Israel's nuclear reactor which Is-
Matthews said study of the Bible
building a concentrate plant, its rael opposed and that there were or religion, "when presented ob-
first in the Middle East, at Port differences on how to finance the jectively as part of a secular pro-
gram of education," was consis-
The President recalled his ap-
Two other large American firms pearance at a dinner meeting of tent with the First Amendment to
that have already been blacklisted the Weizmann Institute Friends in the U.S. Constitution. The attorney
by the Arab League are Zenith, New York at which he announced general's opinions in Kentucky
may be overruled by the courts.
radio and television manufactur- his administration's readiness to Harlan is about 225 miles from
ers, and Sears, Roebuck and Co., join with Israel's experts in such Louisville.
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