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The Detroit Jewish News, 1976-10-01

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

•- Congress Dooms
Anti-Boycott Bill

By JOSEPH POLAKOFF

-(D-Wis.) motion barring
WASHINGTON (JTA) the sale of 650 Maverick
— The Export Adminis- missiles to Saudi Arabia
tration Act with its anti- following a surprise re-
Arab boycott provisions - commital of the motion to
w7:-,
0 doomed Tuesday by the committee by its
Administration al- chairman, Sen. John
11 6 in the Senate.
Sparkman (D-Ala.). Op-
ponents of the sale lacked
This assessment be- the votes when Sen. Gale
came apparent when Sen. McGee (D-Wyo.), who had
John Tower (R-Tex.), voted against the sale
chairman of the Senate when the committee dis-
Republican Policy Com- approved it last Friday by
mittee, which is in con- an 8-6 margin, switched
stant touch with the Ad- to favor the Administra-
ministration, made it tion's position.
known that he would
In addition, Sen. Stuart
block any effort to bring Symington (D-Mo.) indi-
the act to a vote.
cated he would favor the
sale after previously hav-
With Congress adjourn- ing taken a neutral posi-
ing today for the national tion and abstained from
elections, Tower's action voting.
effectively killed the bill.
The Senate Commit-
The Senate was unable tee's decision not to act
to name its conferees to came after a closed door
join the House conferees meeting with Secretary
who were selected last of State Henry Kissinger.
week to workout a bill for Sen. Clifford Case -(R-NJ),
votes in both chambers. who spearheaded the at-
The bill would have ex- tack on the missile sale,
tended the legislation first said the continuing de-
enacted in 1965 dealing liveries of arms to the
Arabs, including the
with foreign trade.
Mavericks, means that
Saying "The bill is the U.S. must increase Is-.
doomed," an aide to Sen. rael's strength to keep
Adlai Stevenson (D-Ill.), pace with U.S. arms sales
who _co-authored the ex- to the Arabs. Kissinger
port extension act, said reportedly acknowledged
"the whole thing is all for to the committee that
naught" because of the further strengthening of
opposition by the Ad- Israel was necessary.
ministration and its Se-
(One of the strongest
nate allies.
points in Democratic Pres-
idential candidate Jimmy
Tower made it plain he Carter's campaign has
would oppose unanimous been attacks on Ford Ad-
consent to bring a motion Ministration policies in the
to the Senate floor to Middle East. See story,
name the conferees while Page 8).
debate was taking place
The Anti-Defamation
on legal fees in a civil
rights bill. He also told League of Bnai Brith
colleagues that should charged this week that a
the motion come after the "triumvirate" of high
civil rights matter was Administration officials,
completed, he would American oil companies
filibuster against the mo- and Arab spokesmen
tion until Congress ad- were engaging in "a des-
perate and misleading
journs.
propaganda campaign - •
Sen. Robert Allen (D- to block the anti-boycott
Ala.) had engaged in par- amendments to the Ex-
liamentary tactics to port Administration Act.
delay the naming _of the
The ADL and the Con-
Senate conferees. Allen, ference of Presidents of
however, withdrew his Major American Jewish
opposition to a motion on Organizations called on
conferees, which President Ford to urge
ed the Administra- Congress to pass the
into either accepting legislation.
o. blocking the motion.
Rep. William S. Broom-
field
(R-19th District,
In addition to the anti- Mich.)
-made a strong
Arab boycott provisions, statement
in favor of
an important section of the House passage of the
extension legislation in- anti-boycott provisions
volved the means for the last week.
federal government to
said, "Let
help lessen the prolifera- me Broomfield
state at the outset that I
tion of-atomic weapons by am
totally opposed to the
restrictions on reproces- Arab boycott of Israel and
sing of plutonium and the I am determined to do
enrichment of uranium whatever I can to render
and heavy water technol- the boycott ineffective. I
ogy in agreements made voted for the Bingham
by the U.S. with other amendment in committee
countries.
and I shall vote in favor of
On Tuesday, the Senate H.R. 15377 today.
"President Ford has
Foreign Relations Corn-
mittee failed to, act on made it clear, in deed and
Sen. Gaylord Nelson's in word, that discrimina-

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p

tion of any sort is repug-
nant to the American
character and totally un-
acceptable to the Ameri-
can people . . .
"I recognize that there
are those who will con-
tend that the administra-
tion, in an effort to avoid
confrontation with cer-
tain states important to
our Middle East peace in-
itiative, has not moved
far enough or fast
enough; the language of
this bill is a reflection of
such an attitude.
"In stating my support
for H.R. 15377 and the
Bingham resolution, I
would nevertheless
suggest that the Ad-
ministration is acting in
good faith on the boycott
issue. Differences Presi-
dent Ford may have with
the Congress on this mat-
ter are differences of tac-
tics and not of principle.
"I sincerely hope that
our legislative proposals
on the boycott, drawn
with the most honorable
intentions, produce She
intended effect. I think
they will, and I urge sup-
port of this legislation."
White House News Sec-
retary Ron Nessen, asked
about the legislation to
combat the Arab boycott,
said, "The President in
general feels legislation is
not required."
Nessen denied any
knowledge- that Republi-
can leadership in the Se-
nate was blocking the bill.
- During the hearings
before the House Inter-
national Relations Com-
mittee on the Maverick
sale, Undersecretary of
State for Political Affairs
Philip Habib admitted
that earlier testimony he
had given was wrong,
when in response to a
question he had said that
Israel would not object to
the missile sale to Saudi
Arabia. Habib said he had
been misinformed and
wanted to set the record
straight. -
Prince Saud Ibn Faisal,.
foreign minister of Saudi
Arabia, was quoted over
the weekend supporting
the Arab boycott of Israel
and stating that the im-
pression that Arab coun-
tries need American
know-how and products is
false. "The truth of the
matter is that competi-
tion for Arab business is
truly fierce," he said.
Meanwhile, in a na-
tionally syndicated arti-
cle, columnist Jack An-
derson charged that the
Ford Administration's
"official cowardice has al-
lowed American firms to
do $4.5 billion worth of
business under boycott
conditions in the last two
years. -

Anderson cited the De-
partment of Commerce
and the Federal Reserve
Board for failing to en-

Friday, October 1, 1976 5

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force anti-boycott mea-
sures and said, "Some-
times the agencies even
pointed out loopholes in
the regulations."
Anderson said Federal
Reserve Board chairman
Arthur Burns wrote a
strong warning in De-
cember, 1975 against dis-
criminatory bank deal-
ings, "but under pressure
from New York bankers,
Burns later backed down
and issued a clarifying
letter" that said the Fed
had no intention of creat-
ing "new legal obligations
for banks."

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Iraq and Libya
Break Boycott

NEW YORK — News-
week magazine reported
that Cypriot and Maltese
dealers who attended Is-
rael's big September ag-
ricultural fair acted for
clients in Iraq and Libya,
two of the most vociferous
supporters of the Arab
boycott of rsrael.
The Iraq-bound purch-
ases consisted of several
$8,500 Israeli-built power
ladders used for date
picking; Libya's agents
placed large orders for
hatching eggs and poul-
try vaccine.

PLO Is Blamed
for Woman's Death

WASHINGTON (JTA)
— "If I had to make a
point about this I would
say when the United Na-
tions made heroes out of
Yasir Arafat and the
PLO, they legitimized
this kind of terror. -
The statement was
made by Murray Karpen,
father of Ronnie Karpen
Moffitt, the unintended
victim of a .terrorist
bombing in Washington
last week which killed Or-
lando Letelier, a former
Ambassador of Chile to
the United States.
Letelier also was a
Cabinet member in the
government of the late
President Salvador Al-
lende.

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