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May 19, 1967 - Image 5

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1967-05-19

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Friday, May 19, 1967-5

Senate and House
to Hold Hearings
on Arab Boycott

Mund S. Muskie, Maine Democrat
and chairman of the Senate sub-
committee on international finance,
announced Tuesday that hearings
will be held to examine the effect
of the Arab boycott on American
The hearings result from initia-
tives by Sen. Jacob K. Javits, New
York Republican, and Sen. Harri-
son A. Williams, Jr., New Jersey
Sen. Muskie said his subcommit-
tee would study the effectiveness
of the present anti-boycott law "in
protecting U.S. trade and busi-
nesses against adverse effects from
restrictive trade practices and boy-
cotts imposed by foreign countries
against other countries friendly to
the United States." Similar hear-
ings will be held by the compar-
able subcommittee of the House, it
was announced last week.
In a speech on the House floor,
Rep. William Fitts Ryan, New
York Democrat, urged the United
States to use its influence to bring
an end to Arab boycott pressures
against Israel in this country. He
pointed out that the Arab boycott
affected American businessmen
and those of other nations.
Attention of Congress was di-
rected by Rep. Ryan to the recent
case in which BOAC "bowed to !
Arab pressure" and withdrew cer-
tain flights that previously landed
in Israel. "The Secretary of State
should immediately notify the Bri-
tish government of the U.S.' strong
belief that the BOAC flights be re-
instated," he said.

A BOAC spokesman said in
London that the elimination of
the flights via Israel had been
forced on the line by a Pakistan
decision. He said because of

crew shortages and time limita-
tions it had not been possible to
meet the Pakistan demands by

scheduling another stop after
Lydda before overflying Paki-
stan. A BOAC spokesman in
New York told the JTA that
BOAC was overflying Israel on
the Far Eastern flights but only
because of technical reasons. He

denied there was any political
reason for the change and at-
tributed the present situation to
the difficulty of "r ostering
Referring to the anti-boycott
laws adopted by America in 1965,
Rep. Ryan said this "must not be
merely a symbolic act." lie called
for stronger implementation. "If
we are sucessful in the fight
against the boycott. we will bring
that much closer the day when Is-
rael can celebrate: its anniversary
in peace," he declared.
In Beirut, the Arab League's
anti-Israel boycott office issued a
statement threatening to blacklist
all American goods if the United
States Congress should adopt a law
prohibiting American firms from
answering questions from Arab
boycott authorites.
In a separate action, the Beirut
office of the Palestine Liberation
Organization—the fighting arm of
the Unified Arab Command for the
making of war against Israel—
issued a belligerent statement con-
demning Israel on the occasion of
Israel's anniversary celebrations.

Latin American Union
Appeals on Soviet Jews

tion appealing to the Soviet gov-
ernment to implement the promise
made in Paris last December by
USSR Prime Minister Alexei Rosy-
gin to permit Russian Jews who
wish to do so to emigrate for re-
unification with their families, was
adopted unanimously here by the
Interparliamentary Union of Latin
The measure recommended that
the national parliaments of all
Latin American countries express
to their governments their concern
about the fate of Russia's Jews.





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