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The Detroit Jewish News, 1975-09-26

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

\ Egyptian Immigrants in Israel
You Want Abu Rodeis Oilfield Held

Boris Smolar's

'Between
. . . and Me'

Editor-in-Chief
Emeritus, JTA
(Copyright 1975, JTA, Inc.

JERUSALEM (JTA) —
Representatives of Jewish
immigrants from Egypt
appealed to the Israel Su-
preme Court to block the
transfer of the Abu Rodeis
oilfields to Egypt until they
receive compensation for
property which they left in
Egypt.
Dr. Moshe Sachs and
Shmuel Atiyah, head of the
Council of Egyptian Immi-
grants in Israel, said that
the some 4,000 Egyptian
Jews now living in Israel
had left property worth
$167 million when they were
forced to leave Egypt.

ACTION AND REACTION: I do not know if there
ever was a case in American Jewish history when Jewish
organizations brought charges against a member of the
U.S. Cabinet before a federal court. The lawsuit which the
Anti-Defamation League of Bnai Brith filed against Secre-
tary of Commerce Rogers Morton may be the first such
complaint.
Secretary Morton is charged with violating U.S. law
and -cts of Congress by "promoting, aiding and abetting"
Al
)oycott operations against Jews in this country. Pres-
ident Ford, it will be remembered, has termed the Arab
boycott as "repugnant" and said that the U.S. government
opposes it.
Meanwhile, the govern-
Ultimate responsibility for the policy of any branch of ment-owned Netivei Neft
government lies with the President. He cannot, therefore,
stand aside and watch how his public statement against
Arab efforts to impose the anti-Jewish boycott upon Ameri-
cans is being ignored by his own Secretary of Commerce.
He cannot remain indifferent to the Jewish charge that the
Department of Commerce is violating this country's anti-
boycott policy and the Export Administration Act as well as
the laws against racial and religious discrimination.
JEWS ON GUARD: What makes the suit even more
important is the fact that the Department of Commerce is
not the only branch of government which is evidently ready
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to submit to the Arabs at the expense of discrimination
against American Jews.
By now it is quite clear that the State Department and
other departments in the Administration are more inter-
ested in pleasing the Arabs than in protecting American
- Jewish firms and individuals against Arab discrimination.
Various organs of the Administration have opposed every
one of the more than 40 Congressional proposals to
strengthen the laws against the Arab boycott. To them, the
important thing is to attract Arab capital to this country,
to secure more Arab commercial contracts for this country,
and to penetrate into the money-rich Arab lands with
American investments. It is estimated that at least 10,000
transactions complying with Arab boycott requests will be
carried out this year by American fifms.
Jewish organizations in this , country are not opposed to
American trade with the Arab countries. However, they op-
pose any assistance by any government (Mice to the Arab
boycott against Jews. They consider the dissemination by
the Department of Commerce to American companies of
Arab construction bid invitations as such assistance be-
cause the tenders contain restrictive trade and boycott prov-
isions against Americans trading with Israel, or otherwise
supporting Israel.
GRIEVANCES AND VIOLATIONS: American Jew-
ish history knows quite a number of injustices committed
at various times by the U.S. government which deeply af-
fected Jews.

One of the major grievances voiced by Jews in this
country was some 50 years ago when restrictive immigra-
tion was introduced, practically ending Jewish mass-immi-
gration. Another grievance was painfully registered by
Jews during the Roosevelt Administration period when the
U.S. government could have saved thousands of Jews from
Nazi hands.

In 1939, the ship "St. Louis" was forced to return with
1,000 Jewish refugees to Europe, where many of them later
fell into Nazi hands and perished in Nazi camps.
Jews in this country — in fact all over the world — felt
depressed by these episodes. They considered them border-
ing on inhumanity. However, there was no legal basis for
them to bring anyone in Washington to court. The situation
is different now when the-Department of Commerce openly
states that it will continue to disseminate the Arab tenders
with their anti-Jewish provisions merely because the U.S. is
inter 4- ed in the Arab markets.

Israel Skeptical of M.E. Parley

JERUSALEM (JTA) — tary's proposal. They indi-
Israel reacted carefully to cated that there had not
the proposal advanced by been enough time, however,
Secretary of State Henry for a'full exchange of views
Kissinger at the United Na- on the proposal between Is-
tions speech that an infor- rael and Washington before
mal conference be called the speech was delivered.
to discuss Mideast peace.
Some political observers
There was some embar- here believe the Secretary's
assment here at the fact aim is to "take the heat" off
that Israel had not been in- President Sadat by switch-
formed in advance of the de- ing the focus of Mideastern
tails of the Secretary's idea. interest from the Sinai Ac-
Officials said Israel had cord to some novel idea for a
been told in advance of the future multi-participant
general outline of the Secre- conference.

company which has been
operating the Abu Rodeis
oilfields in southwestern
Sinai since 1967 is taking
the first steps to dissolve
itself in view of the immi-
nent return of the oilfields
to Egypt.

According to reports from
Geneva, the Israeli and
Egyptian working teams
have agreed on details of the
transfer and the first Egyp-
tians are expected to arrive
at Abu Rodeis by the end of
next week.
According to news
sources, the oil wells which
Israel will return to Egypt
will be useless within a dec-
ade. There won't be any
more oil to pump.

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Friday, September 26, 1975 13

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