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July 25, 1975 - Image 12

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1975-07-25

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

12 Friday, July 25, 1975

ADL Charges NY Shipping Concern With Discrimination

NEW YORK (JTA) — The American Bureau of Ship-
Anti-Defamation League of ping (consultants to the in-
Bnai Brith filed complaints ternational maritime indus-
Monday with federal and try) with illegal
New York state agencies discrimination against two
charging a division of the ,American Jews seeking en-
gineering posts with ABS
'SH• - 10 ro
operations in Arab coun-
DAILY, THURSDAY 'TIL 9
tries.
According to Seymour
Graubard, national chair-
man of the League, ABS
Worldwide Technical Serv-
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— Erika Wagner
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down after she identified
herself as a Jew.

Messer, asked if he or
any member of his family
is Jewish, said "no" be-
cause he wanted the job.
However, he later in-
formed ABS that his wife
is Jewish and was told by
a corporate official that
this disqualified him even
though she would not be
accompanying him over-
seas.

The ADL complaints
were made to the Equal
Employment Opportunity
Commission, the U.S. naTri=
time Administration, and
the New York State Division
for Human Rights. They
charge the ABS subsidiary
with violations of the 1964
Civil Rights Act and Execu-
tive Order 11246, which
prohibit American compa-
nies from discriminating on
the basis of religion, na-
tional origin, race or sex in
hiring.
The complaint to EEOC,
signed by Justin J. Finger,
assistant director of the
League's civil rights divi-
sion, seeks the following: a
finding of "probable cause"
that ABS Worldwide Tech-
nical Services discriminated
and continues to discrimi-
nate against Jews in their
hiring policies; that an ac-
tion be brought by EEOC to
end the discriminatory
practices and to obtain dam-
ages of back pay to those not
employed because of them;

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that, alternatively, EEOC
grant ADL a right to sue
ABS in federal court.
The ABS annual report
lists among those serving on
its board of managers and
committees officials a broad
spectrum of American ship
and ship-building compa-
nies, steel and oil corpora-
tions, insurance, underwri-
ters, colleges and
government agencies.

volved in boycott-affected
transactions.

They include Todd Ship-
yards, U.S. Steel, Atlantic
Mutual Insurance, Tex-
aco, Exxon, Getty Oil,
Bethlehem Steel, General
Electric, General Motors,
Westinghouse, Massachu-
setts Institute of Technol-
ogy, the commandant of
the U.S. Coast Guard, and
the assistant secretary of
commerce for maritime
affairs.

The ADL filed complaints
on June 10 with EEOC
charging Aramco, the
worlds largest oil combine,
Bendix-Siyanco of Mary-
land, Hospital Corporation
of America, Tenn., and In-
ternational Schools Services
of Princeton, N.J. with ac-
cepting and complying with
the anti-Jewish practices of
Saudi Arabia and Dubai.
The ADL also purged
"immediate implementa-
tion" of recommendations
made by a committee of
generals to end the Army's
discriminatory practices in
assigning Jewish soldiers,
representatives of other mi-
nority groups, and female
military personnel overseas.
President Ford had ini-
tiated a General Officers
Steering Committee on
Equal Opportunity to inves-
tigate charges made by
ADL and others that the
Army was acceeding to
Saudi Arabian demands
that no Jews be sent there.

The figures revealed
that in 1973 some $7 mil-
lion worth of American-
made goods were involved
in transactions in which
the exporter was asked for
information related to the
boycott which emcom-
passes firms which do
business with or in Israel,
and in some cases firms
with Jewish owners.

In 1974 the dollar value of
goods in such transactions
rose to nearly $10 million.
However, this year there
has been a surge of such
transactions, with the total
so far approaching $204 mil-
lion.
Certain governments, not-
ably Kuwait and Saudi Ara- 1
bia, require commercial doc-
uments to contain
restrictive trade certificates
as a prerequisite to allowing
goods to be imported.

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The steering committee,
in a study made public last
week found that the
Army does not send Jew-
ish soldiers to Saudi Ara-
bia, Greek Americans to
Turkey nor Turkish Amer-
icans to Greece, assigns a
disproportionate number
of soldiers with Spanish
surnames to Latin Ameri-
can countries, and nomi-
nates women to high-level
positions on the basis of
their looks, figures and
personalities.

The American 'Jewish
Congress also urged Presi-
dent Ford to end the "odious
practice" of discrimination
against Jewish Army per-
sonnel.
In his letter to President
Ford, Howard M. Squadron
of New York, chairman of
the American Jewish Con-
gress Governing Council,
wrote that the prohibition
against religious discrimi-
nation in the selection of
government employes was
"particularly clear."
Meanwhile, in Washing-
ton, Sen. Harrison A. Wil-
hams, Jr. (D-NJ) has dis-
closed that there has been a
huge jump in Arab boycott
l activities involving U.S.
firms in the past three
years. He said figures sup-
plied by the Department of
Commerce show a nearly
30-fold increase in the dollar
value of U.S. exports in

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