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September 03, 1976 - Image 25

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1976-09-03

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Friday September 3, 1976 25

Senate Adopts Anti-Arab Boycott Provisions

WASHINGTON (JTA) or religious characteris-
— The Senate, with little tics of their ownership or
debate, adopted four pro- management as a condi-
visions to help combat the tion of doing business
Arab economic boycott of with foreign countries.
Another provision of
Israel and also approved
an amendment condemn- the bill, adopted by voice
ing international ter- vote as an amendment,
rorism in approving a would allow Congress 30
three-year extension of days to approve or disap-
the Export Administra- prove a decision by the
tion Act. The vote was President to embargo ag-
65-13. A companion mea- ricultural exports.
sure is pending in the
Firms - could
House International Re- punished with $10,000
lations Committee.
fines and suspension of
Opponents of the bill export privileges for vio-
centered most of their lating the new provisions.
criticism on the manda-
It tightens disclosure
tory "disclosure" provi- requirements to allow the
sion of the boycott sec- Securities and Exchange
tion, claiming it would in- Commission to monitor
terfere with trade. more closely the extent to
Among them were 11 Re- which foreign or American
publicans, led by John investors are gaining con-
Tower of Texas, and two trolling interests in U.S.
Democrats, James Allen firms.
of Alabama and James
In a related deVelop-
Abourezk of South ment, Gov. Michael
Dukakis of Mas-
anti-terrorist sachusetts has signed
amendment by Sen. Wil- into law the Discrimina-
liam Huddleston (D-Ky.) tory Boycott Bill.
urges the President to
A number of commu-
use his powers "to en- nity and national Jewish
courage other countries and non-Jewish groups
to take immediate steps were actively involved in
to prevent the use of their supporting the statewide
territory or resources to drive for legislation led by
aid, encourage or give the chairman of the Bos-
sanctuary to those per- ton Jewish Community
sons involved in direct- Council's Arab-Boycott
ing, supporting or par- Subcommittee, Maurice
ticipating in acts of inter-
Zilber, who represented
national terrorism."
the American Jewish
The bill prohibits com- Committee.
Principal draftsman for
pliance with Arab boycott
demands for discrimina- the bill was attorney
tion against U.S. citizens Kenneth Sweder, chair-
on the basis of sex, relig- man of the American
ion, race or national sori- Jewish Congress Com-
gin. It requires disclosure mission on Law and So-
by American companies of cial Action.
The bill prohibits com-
their _participation in
foreign boycotts and pro- panies doing business in
hibits U.S. firms from dis- Massachusetts from mak-
criminating against other ing agreements with
U.S. firms in order to aid foreign persons to dis-
nations at war with nations criminate against Mas-
friendly to the United sachusetts companies or
persons on the basis of
In addition, American race, religion, sex, na-
firms would not be per- tional origin or appear-
mitted to disclose racial _ ante on foreign blacklist.

Jewish Educators Plan Parley

The JeVish Educators
Council of Metropolitan
Detroit will hold its annual
teachers' conference Sept.
12 at Temple Beth El.
Registration begins at 9
a.m., and there is a fee.

teaching Bar and Bat
Mitzva students.
The public is invited.
Teachers from the
following institutions will
participate: Akiva Hebrew
Day School, Hillel Day
School, United Hebrew
Schools, Cong. Shaarey
Zedek, Temple Beth El,
Temple Israel, Cong. Beth
Abraham-Hillel, Temple
Ernanu-El, Temple Beth
Jacob of Pontiac, Temple
Kol Ami, Cong. Beth
Shalom, Cong. Beth Israel
of Flint, Temple Beth El of
Flint and Adat Shalom

Rabbi Irwin E.- Witty,
director of the Board of
Jewish Education in Toron-
to and dean of the Midrasha
L'Morim, will be the guest
lecturer. Rabbi Witty is vice
president of the National
Council of Jewish Education
and of the Religious Zionists
of Canada. He will speak at
9:30 a.m. on "Leading
Students to Commitment.'
There also will be a series Montefiore Lodge
of seminars and discussions
led by local Jewish Will Have Meeting
Montefiore Lodge 12,
Seminar topics include Free Sons of Israel, will
"The Teaching of History, meet 8 p.m. Tuesday. in
the Lincoln Towers Apts.
Prayer, Hebrew and club
Bible." Workshops will
The couples' lodge
deal with teaching in the sponsors
camperships to
primary department, a the Fresh
Air Society
junior high school elective camps and funds for the
program, the Holocaust, Penrickton Nursery for
teaching Israel, in- the Blind. To join, call
dividualizing Jewish Mrs. Max Neuman, UN
education, a problem 3-8486, or Mrs. Harry
clinic in discipline and Rice, 645-0615.


Massachusetts com-
panies also are prohibited
from actually dis-
criminating against per-
sons in the state because
of foreign boycott agree-
ment and are prohibited
from employment dis-
crimination within the
state or in appointment in
the state for jobs abroad.
The state's attorney
general is authorized to
enforce this statute
through civil procedures
including injunctions. In-
jured persons may also
sue in actions for darn-
ages and may be awarded
up to three times the
amount of damages re-
sulting from violations of
the act.
Meanwhile, in a letter
to the Jewish News, the
Raytheon Co. of Mas-
sachusetts said that al-
though it has "no corn-
mitments, contractual or
otherwise, to comply with
any Arab boycott" it did
not support the original
Massachusetts Anti-
Boycott Bill because it
was that company's "be-
lief that when regulation
of international trade is
involved it is more prop-
erly a matter for federal
action. Despite that con-
ceptual objection, in view
of the new language in
the revised bill, we with-
drew our objections."
Meanwhile, the White.
House repudiated a state-
ment by a high Administ-
ration official who said
provisions of pending
Congressional legislation
designed to combat the
Arab boycott could result
in an American company
being "harassed by cer-
tain New York interest
The statement was
made by John C. Benni-
son, acting general coun-
sel to the White House
Council on International
Economic Policy (CIEP),
with regard to the public
disclosure provision of
the Stevenson-Williams
proviso in the Tax Reforrn
Bill before the Senate.
The statement was in
the form of a letter dated
Aug. 10 to Anthony
Scotto, vice-president of
the International
Longshoremen's Associ-
Edward C. Schmults,
deputy counsel to Presi-
dent Ford, said the Ben-
nison letter was written
by a "staff lawyer at
CIEP who should not
have attempted to sum-
marize the administra-
tion's position on a com-
plex issue."
In referring to "certain
New York interest
groups," Schmults said
the "summary and choice
. of words are offensive and
The lawyer, Schmults
added, "regrets,his action
and has apologized" and
has "emphasized that he
had not intended to of-
fend anyone." Schmults
did not disclose the
lawyer's name or to whom
he had apologized.
David A. Brody, direc-
tor of the Washington of-
fice of the Anti-
Defamation League of
Bnai Brith, telephoned
the ADL's protest to the

White House over the
Bennison statement, ex-
pressing "shock and out-
rage" at what the ADL
called "a not unsubtle ap-
peal to prejudice."
Sen. Harrison A. Wil-
liams Jr. (D.-N.J.) de-
manded an apology to
"Jewish persons, organi-
zations and causes" from
Treasury Secretary Wil-
liam E. Simon who is
chairman of the CIEP.
Williams, who is co-
author of the legislation
with Sen. Adlai Stevenson
(D.411.), said Bennison's
letter had "blatant anti-
Semitic overtones." He
added, in a letter to Simon:
"I find it difficult to read
this phrase (regarding
"New York interests") as
having any other meaning
than one which is dis-
criminatory and deroga-
tory toward Jewish people
and causes and persons
sympathetic to the state of




The ADL expressed
"approval" of the White
House "repudiation" of
the Bennison statement.
George Meany, presi-
dent of the AFL-CIO, in a
letter to Stevenson, as-
sailed as "appalling" the
statement by Bennison.


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Boycott Error

State Department ad-
viser David Morrison did
not argue against the
State Department
policies on the Arab
boycott of Israel and U.S.
businesses trading with
Israel as reported in last
week's Jewish News
(Page 13).
As reported by John
Shepherd, president of
the 'Jewish Community
Council, Morrison out-
lined the State Depart-
ment policy at a joint
meeting recently of the
Greater Detroit Chamber
of Commerce and the
World Trade Club.
The remarks opposed to
the State Department
policy were Shepherd's.





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