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March 04, 1977 - Image 1

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1977-03-04

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Allied Jewish Campaign Sets Opening Dinner, Phonogift

The 1977 Allied Jewish Campaign-Israel
Emergency Fund will open formally March 30 with a
dinner to be held that evening at Adat Shalom Syna-
gogue. The dinner will be preceded by a number of
major division activities this month, as well as the
annual Women's Division Phonogift drive March
Campaign General Chairman Daniel Honigman
said the opening dinner and reception will mark the

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VOL. LXX, No. 26

beginning of an intensive Campaign effort throughout
the community, culminating on May 4, toward reach-
ing the 1977 goal. Funds raised will help support 60
local, overseas and Israeli social and humanitarian

Meanwhile, pre-Campaign activities are in full
swing, with events scheduled throughout the month of
March. Four Campaign sections will meet Sunday for

fund-raising meetings.
The Metropolitan Division will hear Robert M. Cit-
rin discuss "This Year in Jerusalem — Revisited" at 10
a.m. in the Jewish Community Center Senior Adult
Citrin, who was a participant in the United Jewish
Appeal N -ational Conference "This Year in
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March 4, 1977

Administration Is Closing Ranks
on Congress' Boycott Legislation

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Uncertainty over the Carter Administra-
tion's position on aspects of the anti-ArP.,1_. boycott legislation proposed in
Congress was-largely dissipated Tuesda y after Secretary of State Cyrus
R. Vance testified for the second consecutive day on new laws to block
Arab attempts against free trade by Americans with Israel.
In his testimony Monday before the Senate banking subcommittee on
international trade, Vance declined to define Administration objections
to the bill and pressed for a new measure which Administration experts
would help to write.
Tuesday, however, he agreed to the legislation as prepared in identi-
cal bills in both houses with some modifications that were received with
little or no objection from the members of the House Committee on Inter-
national Relations.

The chief change suggested by Vance concerned the extraterritorial
provision that deals with binding American companies' subsidiaries abroad
to the same restrictions that would govern the parent concern in the U.S. His
other announced modifications were mainly technical, the most important
related to the kinds and amount of information a company would be required
to provide to the. Department of Commerce which controls exports.

As Vance was telling Rep. Benjamin Rosenthal (D-NY) the "specific
recommendations" he desired in the House bill proposed by Rep.
Jonathan Bingham (D-NY) Rosenthal interjected "So far, you are in
pretty good_agreement" and "so far no problems." On the extraterritorial
matter, however, Rosenthal said "we disagree" but we lawyers can work
it out."_
Rosenthal said that the extraterritorial provision has among its pur-
poses to prevent depriving Americans of jobs by contracts
given to overseas plants. When Rep. Charles Whalen (R-
Ohio) said he saw a possibility of foreign subsidiaries being
used "in a manner intended to circumvent the law" Vance
testified that if a subsidiary is "merely a conduit to avoid
the law that situation should be prohibited." -
Vance also told Whalen, who is concerned about en-
forcement of this aspect, that "intent" on the use of a
subsidiary "is one of the most difficult aspects of this legis-
lation." Vance said he tended to agree with Bingham that
companies should be prohibited from providing the Arabs
with information about their dealings with Israel. But
Vance said he wanted "to think about" a prohibition provi-
sion. Bingham had pointed out "the boycott law will be of
no use" if the Arabs knew about details - of business with
Vance also testified that Saudi Arabia "is not seeking in
any way" to use its boycott against race or religion and
described that position as "a very constructive step."
Rep. Stephen Solarz (D-NY), who said the Administra-
tion now agrees 95 percent with the Bingham bill, asked
Vance whether he agreed with the statement of former
U.S. Ambassador Richard Nolte and Saudian Arabian Oil
Minister Sheikh Yamani and others that the anti-boycott
legislation would be an impediment to Mideast peace
negotiations. -
"The answer is no," Vance replied. The Arab govern-
ments, the secretary added, "won't be happy with it," but if
the legislation were adopted "along the lines we discussed
this morning it would be understood by the Arabs" and
"not impede" prospects for a settlement. 1/4
Bingham pointed out that the Carter Administration's
approach was an "enormous advance" over the Ford Ad-
,ministration's position and that there is a "change in the
business community:"
He noted that the Anti-Defamation League of Bnai
Brith and the Business Roundtable "have arrived at sub-
stantial agreement" on the legislation. The roundtable is
made up of more than 150 prominent businessmen headed
by DuPont president Irving Shapiro.
Meanwhile, the. American Jewish Congress has wel-
comed a decision by the Securities and Exchange Commis-
sion that it will no longer support companies seeking to
exclude stockholder resolutions on the Arab boycott from
consideration at their annual meetings.
The division of corporation finance of -the SEC has
taken this new position apparently in refledtion of the
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from their seed. –Esther 9:28

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