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December 01, 1978 - Image 25

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1978-12-01

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Friday, December 1, 1918 25

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

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International Herald Tribune Accused of Bowing to Arab Pressi ire

NEW YORK — Has the
Herald
International
Tribune surrendered to the
Arab boycott?
The publisher of the
newspaper — which is
jointly owned by the Wash-
ington Post and The New
York Times — denies it. But
the American Jewish Con-
gress, which revealed re-
cently that the Interna-
tional Herald Tribune does
1 4 accept Israeli advertis-
,_ g in the copies it sends to
Arab states, does not accept
the explanation.
The story came to light in
the September 1978 issue of
"Boycott Report," published
by the American Jewish
Congress. In that issue the
AJCongress printed the
text of a letter that had been
written by Murray M.
Weiss, editor of the Interna-
tional Herald Tribune, to
Dr. Abraham Marcus of the
British Zionist Federation.
Weiss wrote:
"When we advertise the
Israeli Discount Bank, or
other Israeli advertisers,
we are not admitted in
most of the Arab coun-
tries. This is very expen-
sive for us and we feel-
that we cannot afford to
accept such Israeli ad-
vertisements."
After this correspondence
was published, Robert E.
Eckert, publisher of the In-
ternational Herald
Tribune, wrote to the AJ-
Congress to explain a "mis-
understanding" on Weiss'
part. Eckert wrote:
"The policy is now, has
always been and will con-
tinue to be to accept adver-
tising from any national
source, emphatically in-
cluding Israel."
Eckert continued: "We
have, however, for many
years deleted Israeli adver-
tising in those copies dis-
tributed in Arab countries
and we have never made
any secret of this policy. Our
reason is simply that copies
of the Herald Tribune carry-
ing advertising from Israeli
sources' are not accepted for
distribution in Arab coun-
tries. To avoid disruption of
service to our approx-
imately 8,000 circulation in
those areas, we substitute a
house ad for that part of the
run — and that part of the
run only.
"Israeli advertising
appears, and has always
appeared normally, in
the remaining part of the
raid Tribune's 122,000
ulation."
ckert's explanation has
not satisfied the AJCon-
gress. In a letter of protest to
Eckert, with -copies to Ar-
thur Ochs Sulzberger, pub-
lisher of The New York
Times, and Katherine
Graham, publisher of the
Washington Post, the gen-
eral counsel of the AJCon-
gress, Will Maslow, said his
organization was "deeply
disturbed by the apparent
willingness" of the Interna-
tional Tribune to submit to
the pressures of the Arab
countries and excise Israeli
ads from the paper.
Meanwhile, American
exports to the boycotting
countries of the Middle East

:

are up 12 percent over what
they were a year ago despite
enactment of the American
anti-boycott law, according
to Secretary of Commerce
Juanita Kreps.
In a related development,
it was learned that two
small Arab nation's, Abu
Dhabi and Kuwait, have
used their oil dollars to buy
substantial shares of six
U.S. airlines.
Morgan Guaranty, the
nation's fifth largest bank,
said it invested $900 mil-
lion for Abu Dhabi and $700
for Kuwait in United, TWA,
Eastern, Braniff, Allegheny
and Seaboard World Air-
lines stock.
In a related develop-
ment, University of
Pennsylvania
economists reported that
Kuwait is the world's
wealthiest country.
Meanwhile, the Anti-
Defamation League of Bnai
Brith has called for tighter
federal restrictions "to pro-
tect the public interest from
the activities of former
high-ranking U.S. govern-
ment -officials who- peddle
their influence to the Arabs
as foreign policy lobbyists,

U.S. Catholic
Bishops Adopt
M.E. Statement

WASHINGTON (JTA) —
The U.S. National Confer-
ence of Catholic Bishops
has adopted by a nearly
unanimous vote, 213-8, a
five-point Middle East
statement that describes Is-
rael as "a sovereign state"
and urges "a homeland of
their own" for "the Palesti-
nian Arabs." This was its
first statement on the Mid-
dle East in five years.
A previous draft of the
statement and a subsequent
amendment to it called for a
"state" for the Palestinian
Arabs but in the final draft
"homeland" replaced
"state" in the text.
The statement called
for a comprehensive
political solution involv-
ing the following: "The
rights of Israel to exist-
ence as a sovereign state
within secure and recog-
nized boundaries; the
rights of the Palestinian
Arabs to participate in
negotiations affecting
their destiny, and to a
homeland of their own;
and just compensation
should be provided for all
parties concerned, of
whatever national origin,
deprived of home and
property by the three-
decades of conflict."
On "the status of
Jerusalem, recognition of
its unique religious signifi-
cance which should be
preserved through an in-
ternational guarantee of ac-
cess to the holy places, and
through the preservation of
a religiously pluralist
citizenry; United Nations
Resolution 242: its contin-
ued utility as a basis fora
jitst settlement in the
region."

When two play, one must
win and one must lose.

agents, attorneys, prop-
agandists and as middle-
men for multi-million dollar
business deals.
In a comprehensive re-
port, "The Arab 'Lobby' in
the U.S.: Fr' ends and
A gents," ADL named
former Assistant Secretary
of State for Legislative Af-
fairs Frederick Q. Dutton;
former Arkansas Senator J.
William Fulbright; former
D efense Secretary Clark

Clifford; former Treasury
Secretary John B. Connally;
former Attorney General
Richard G. Kleindienst;
former Budget Director
Bert Lance; former Vice
President Spiro Agnew;
former Assistant Secretary
of State for Economic Af-
fairs Willis C. Armstrong;
former Assistant Secrc.,ary
of the Treasury for Mone-
tary Affairs General
Parsky, and, among others,

former U.S. Cet tral Intelli-
gence Agency operatives
once stationed in the Middle
East and now collaborating
with the Arabs.

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