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September 24, 1976 - Image 93

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1976-09-24

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AJCongress Lashes Mobil Oil Boycott Ad

American Jewish Con-
gress has denounced as
"a desperate effort to
frighten the American
people" a national adver-
tisement by the Mobil Oil
Corp. which opposes cur-
rent legislative proposals
against the Arab boycott.
Alvin Gray of Cleve-
land, co-chairman of the
American Jewish Con-
gress national governing
council, said the Mobil ad
— whic,h-appeared in 100
aily newspapers around
e country over the
week-end — employed
"scare tactics" in describ-
ing "legislation to combat
the importation into
American life of. Arab
bigotry and discrimina-
The Mobil advertise-
ment said that "legisla-
tion now being considered
by the U.S. Congress . . .
in effect would either
penalize American com-
panies or prohibit them
from doing business with
and/or in Arab coun-
In reply, the American
Jewish Congress spokes-
man said in part:
"No such legislation is
pending. The bills now be-
fore the Senate and House
would, to varying extents,
bar American companies
from complying with de-
mands by Arab countries
that now boycott Israel
and boycott other com-
panies that deal with Is-
"This is considerably
different from prohibit-
ing American companies
from doing business with
the Arab states. Indeed,
the simplest answer to
the Mobil advertisement
is that many American
companies continue to
deal with the Arabs while
defying their boycott de-
Noting that "Arab gov-
ernments conveniently
forget the boycott
whenever they want to do
business with companies
which refuse to yield,"
the statement declared:
"The crux of the debate
lies in the Mobil state-
ment that 'the United
States needs Arab oil
more than the Arabs need
U.S. goods and know-
"But even Mobil knows
that the Arabs do not buy
American goods and ser-
vices because they like us;
they trade with America
because of our technologi-
cal superiority, our effi-
ncy of operation, our
ce advantage and our
aliq. If they could buy
better or cheaper
elSewhere, they would."
The Mobil ad said the
company believed legisla-
tion would make it impos-
sible for American com-
panies to import Arab oil
or sell goods to Arab
countries, that banks
could not finance U.S.-
Arab trade, that Ameri-
can ships could not call at
Arab ports and that indi-
viduals might "inadver-
tantly" break the law.
The AJCongress said
these points were wrong.
Gray added, "Mobil
winds up by saying' that
legislation of this kind
should be enacted only
. .


after 'fullest debate.'
Where has Mobil been
during the past two
years? The issue has been
fully debated — at Con-
gressional hearings; on
the House and Senate
floor, in the media. -

Meanwhile, in New
York, Bankers Trust Co.
claimed that reported
charges that it `:con-
spired" with Arab in-
terests to damage an Is-
raeli shipping firm "are
absolutely false in every

A statement released
by the New York-based
bank referred to the sale
by auction of five Israel-
flag vessels owned by
Maritime Fruit Carriers
Ltd. of Haifa, of which
Bankers Trust is a cre-

According to Bankers
Trust, Maritime Fruit re-
portedly took action in an
Israeli court aimed 'at
preventing the sale of the
ships and in the course of
that action, reportedly
made the allegation that
Bankers Trust has con-
spired with Arab in-
terests and financed the
take-over of the ships by a
Swedish concern, the
Salen company.

forts against it during the
past year in ; West. Ger-
many and Britain, with

. _ .
mixed results, as well as a
new . anti-boycott group
formed in France.

* * *

Brodhead Cheers Boycott Law

Calling it "a major
breakthrough in anti-
boycott legislation," 17th
District Congressman
William M. -Brodhead
lauded Congressional
passage of the 1976 Tax
Reform Act. The act,
which was sent to the
President for signature
provides for a, denial of
tax credits to U.S. firms
which participate in
"This pocketbook legis-
lation is the best possible
way to stop Arab boycotts
of firms doing business
with Israel, - said
Brodhead. "If U.S. firms
cannot take advantage of
tax credits, it is going to
become prohibitively ex-
pensive to cooperate with
Brodhead said, "I know
that the Administration
has opposed any interfer-
ence with U.S. firms
doing foreign business. In
fact, it is well documented
that the Commerce De,

partment has advised
firms on ways to get
around existing anti-
boycott laws. But this
practice can no longer be
"The United States pos,
sesses the economic clout
to put an end once and for
all to these shameful
anti-Semitic boycotts and
it must do so."
Brodhead said that,
while the Tax Reform Act
takes some of the urgency
out of other boycott-
related bills, he still in-
tends to press for their
passage. Brodhead's bill,
the Foreign Investment
Disclosure Act, provides
for heavy fines for par-
ticipation in boycotts and
protects against clandes-
tine takeovers of U.S.
firms. Brodhead also cos-
ponsored H.R. 11463
which further
strengthens anti ,boycott
provisions already in the

Gen. Dayan Says Emigration
Now Israel's Greatest Threat

"There is no truth
whatsoever in any state-
ments to the effect that
Bankers Trust or any of
its subsidiaries conspired Former Defense Minister
with Arab-interests to Moshe Dayan declared
damage MFC. These last week that the
statements are particu- greatest danger facing
larly reprehensible, - the Israel was the large
number of young Israelis
bank stated.
who are leaving the coun-
The statement explained try.
that Bankers Trust Inter-
Speaking at a briefing
national Ltd., London, a for 300 "key volunteers"
wholly-owned subsidiary, for the 1977 United
was, along with a number Jewish Appeal-
of- other banks, a major Federation of Jewish
lender to Maritime Fruit Philanthrophies Joint
which encountered seri- Campaign at the Federa-
ous financial difficulties tion building; Dayan said
last year.
the way to alleviate this
It said that efforts by problem is "for American
the banks to rehibilitate Jews to come to Israel."
the Israeli concern were
Robert H. Arnow, cam-
unsuccessful "when paign chairman, said the
other lenders not in the joint campaign will seek
Bankers Trust syndicate to raise $125 million to
took action against meet humanitarian and
Maritime Fruit and when social needs far Jews in
charter arrangements Israel, other overseas
securing the credits were countries and the New
York metropolitan area.
Bankers Trust said sale
The campaign will be
of the ships was ordered formally launched on
by the courts.
Nov. 10, the anniversary
of Crystal Night, when
The Zionist Informa- windows of synagogues
tion News Service (ZINS) and Jewish-owned stores
reported that Saudi were smashed by the
Arabia's foreign minister Nazis in Germany and
has threatened economic and Austria in 1938.
sanctions against the
The campaign is even-
U.S. if Congress inter- tually expected to involve
feres - with the Arab some 12,000 volunteers in
boycott of Israel.
more than 400 trade, pro-
In response to a ques- fession, community, con-
tion about how Saudi gregational, women's,
Arabia would react to young people's and other
Presidential candidate campaign divisions.
Jimmy Carter's counter-
Dayan, who answered
boycott of agricultural questions from the group,
products in the event of said that Israel is
another oil embargo, stronger now than before
ZINS reported the minis-, the Yom Kippur War. But
ter as saying that his he said the strength
people could obtain their comes not from having
wheat from Canada more arms but from the
where, unlike the United relaxation of tensions
States, "the Jews do not with Egypt, Jordan and
have so much influence." the West Bank.
ZINS cited interna-
He said there is more
tional efforts against the security in having the
boycott, saying that there Suez Canal an open in-
have been legislative-ef- ternational -waterway

than in the pre-Yom Kip-
pur War Barley line.
The former Defense
Minister said that on his
last visit to the United
States he spoke on some
60-70 college campuses
and found that young
Americans, who were not
Jewish, felt they had an ob-
ligation to help other free
countries, including Is-
Dayan is in tht United
States to publicize his au-
tobiography, "Moshe
Dayan, Story of My Life,"
which was published re-
' cently in Hebrew and En-

Ex-Nazi Elected
to Austria Post

Friday, September 24, 1976 85

American Charged as World
Distributor of Nazi Literature

Simon Wiesenthal, head
of the Jewish Documen-
tation Center in Vienna,
has informed American
authorities that Nazi lit-
erature is distributed and
mailed to many parts of
the world from the United


this leaflet as "the organ
of the foreign organiza-
tion of the German Nazi
The Nazi-hunter said
the person responsible for
the mailing is Mathias
Kohl, of 2507 North
Franklin Road, Ar-
lington, Va.
, Kohl, Wiesenthal said,
also mails the newspaper,
"White Power" anti-
Semitic leaflets and bib-
liographies of Nazi litera-
ture in several languages.
"White Power" is the offi-
cial organ of the American
Nazi Party which is head-
quartered in Arlington.
The addres-ses of per-
sons receiving this mate-
rial include Germany,
Austria, Argentina and
other Latin American
countries, many of whom
never ordered the mate-
rial, Wiesenthal said.

In a letter to the U.S.
Embassy in Vienna, he
said that the Nazi leaflet,
"NS-Kampfruf" (Battle
Cry), is mailed from an
address in Arlington, Va.
Wiesenthal identified

The American Charge
d'Affaires, Francis. J.
Meehan, informed Wie-
senthal that he brought
the information to the at-
tention of the State De-
partment in Washington.


U.S. Stamp Honors Publisher

NEW YORK —"'w w ww , wwwwwwwww"
Postmaster General
Benjamin F. Bailar 1 Att
gave Iphigene Ochs
Sulzberger Friday a 0
black leather folder
containing the new 0
stamp honoring her
father, Adolph S. )
Ochs, the publisher
of the New York )
Times from 1896 to
Saturday was the
first day -of issue' of
the 13-cent stamp,
which bears a por-
trait of Ochs by S. J.
Woolf, an artist and
writer whose
sketches and inter- 0
views appeared fre-
quently in the
Times before his re- 9
hundred .....
forty-five million
Sulzberger, the pre-
copies of the stamp have sent
been printed.
Among other family
Mrs. Sulzberger, the members present were
widow of Arthur Hays Mrs. Sulberger's three
Sulzberger, who suc- daughters — - Marian
ceeded Mr. Ochs as the Heiskell, Ruth Holmberg
publisher of the Times, re- and Dr. Judith Levison.
ceived the stamp at an in-- Present and former
formal gathering in the of- editors and executives of
fice of her son, Arthur the Times also attended.



Friedrich Peter, former
member of a Nazi Waffen
SS unit that killed
thousands of Jews during
World War II, was re-
elected as chief of the
right-wing Freedom
Party for another two-
year term. -
Peter,, who had been a
member of the 1st SS In-
fantry Brigade for 20 Labor Strikes Plague Israel
months, received 297 of
The sick and injured
the 402 delegate votes.
His re-election at a party strike by nurses, a work have become the prime
convention in Villach, slow-down by physicians victims of the wage dis-
southern Austria, came 10 and a threatened strike pute. Patients in most
days after' the Austrian by 42,000- government wards are'being cared for
Resistance Movement employes continued to by relatives who feed
presented new documents darken Israel's troubled them, administer medica-
showing • that Nazi labor scene.
tion and change bed
The nurses, who began sheets, tasks usually per-
brigades, including Pe-
ter's unit, killed nearly their strike last week for formed by nurses.
400,000 persons, mostly higher pay, are providing
As a result, the nurses'
Jews, in southern Russia only skeleton services at demands
which originally
and the Ukraine, from hospitals and clinics, li- enjoyed wide
public sup-
September to November mited mainly to port, have begun to gener-
emergency cases.
ate public anger.
The doctors' slow-down
The Resistance Move-
Meanwhile, 6000 postal
ment, however, fell short has -forced the postpone-.
of presenting juridical ment of all but emergency workers,. recently dep-
proof that the Austrian surgery and imposed long rived of their "specific in-
politican was personally waits for ptients seeking crements," announced
involved in any war treatment at public hos- they would strike on Oct.
1 for higher wages.
pitals and clinics.



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