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Urge Extension
of Statute on
Nazi Prosecution


Hans-Jochen Vogel, the
West German Minister of
Justice now visiting Israel,
said that he and the Social
Democratic Party opposed
ending the statute of limita-
tions on the prosecution of
Nazi war criminals which is
scheduled to expire in
exactly one year.
He told representatives of
the World Fe4ration of
Polish Jews here that his
party would do its utmost to
see to it that Nazi war crim-
inals do not escape justice,
however lorig it may take to
bring them to trial.
Vogel suggested that
Nazi hunter Tuvia Fried-
man, head of the war crimes
documentation center in
Haifa, go to West Germany
with a group of his suppor-
ters to explain to the Ger-
ublic why the statute
p "tations should not be
en ed.
The statute designates a
period of time during which
war criminals may be pro-
secuted; those who evade
trial receive automatic im-
munity after it expires.

February, the House of
Lords will debate the
recommendations of a Lords
committee that the British
government and British in-
dustry should take a forth-
right stand against the
Arab boycott.
The Lords committee
suggested that the Foreign
Office should stop process-
ing "negative certificates of
origin" required by some
Arab governments, and
which have been banned in
the United States. This, and
other steps proposed by the
committee, are under con-
sideration by various gov-
ernment departments.
• Whether they would have
much effect, however, is far
from clear. For even though
anti-boycott circles claimed
the House of Lords report as
a major success, the boycott
itself is a deeply ingrained
fact of business life.
A glance through the
files of the Anglo-Israel
Chamber of Commerce
illustrates the psycholog-
ical hold which the
boycott has over
businessmen in Euro-
pean countries. The
Chamber of Commerce
follows up the many
cases reported to it. But
usually their approaches
fail, and often they are
simply ignored.
In other cases, there is

only a suspicion that a com-
pany has refused to deal
with Israel or a Jewish con-
cern because of the boycott.
Here are some of the cases
in the Chamber's file:
An Israeli sports shop in
Jerusalem which supplies
goods to the United Nations
was interested in purchas-
ing an assortment of games
from a well-known Britsh
company. The games would
have been distributed to UN
forces in south Lebanon and
other Middle East sectors.
On hearing that the agent
was an ISraeli company, the
British firm said that it
would have to consult its
overseas department. The
Israeli company had asked
for the British firm's
catalogue, but never re-
ceived it.
The chamber has been in
touch with the British com-
pany, which expressed
shock at the incident. But
since the order was for
Christmas gifts, the dam-
age had already been done.
Another case involves
the growing practice of
publishers to omit Israel
from the maps of the
Middle East. Barth-
olomew, the leading
British map publishers,
have brought out a world
travel map of the Arabian
peninsula in which the
name "Palestine" ap-
pears between the Negev

Desert and the Sea of
Galilee. On being chal-
lenged about it, Barth-
olomew said that they
were merely copying a
map issued by the Oxford
University Press. This
has been confirmed, and
inquiries have also been
sent to the Oxford Uni-
versity Press.
Israel is also unnamed in
a map in the summer 1978
issue of the Sheraton Hotel
group's magazine, featuring
its hotels in Europe, Africa
and the Middle East.
A moi.e prestigious publi-
cation which ignores the
existence of Israel is the
world famous bi-monthly
Guide to the Drug Industry,
commonly known as
"Mims," which is used by
doctors and hospitals. The
Middle East edition of
"Mims" lists the agents of
international drug corn-
panies in all countries from
Malta to Ethiopia, but
leaves out Israel.
In refusing to do business
with Israeli companies,
European businesses offer
vague explanations about
the "difficulties" of the "pre-
sent situation." Here are
two examples:
In reply to a Haifa
hotel's interest in pur-
chasing a new telephone
switchboard, a sub-
sidiary of the famous
Swedish Ericsson Co.

(which has major con-
tracts in the Arab world)
wrote: "We are pleased to
note your interest in our
products. However, we
have decided not to start
any business activity in
Israel for the time being
and therefore refrain
from sending more de-
tailed information."
Astra Pharmaceuticals
International, another
Swedish company, replied
as follows to a business in-
quiry from a Tel Aviv
cosmetics laboratory: "We
regret having to inform you
that due to present circum-
stances we are unable to
discuss the possibility of a
cooperation. However,
should there by any changes
in the present conditions,
we will be pleased to revert
to you in this matter. Thank
you for the interest shown
in our company."
Cases such as these are
often referred to the Anglo-
Israel Chamber of Corn-

merce by its sister body in
Israel in the hope that
non-British companies can
be approached through
their British subsidiaries or
parent companies.
Dealing with the boycott
is only a secondary task of
the chamber whose main job
is to promote trade between
Britain and Israel in both
directions. However, over
the years, the two have be-
come increasingly in-

Harry Schwab, the
chamber's executive secre-
tary, believes that fear of
the boycott is a prime rea-
son for the fall in British ex-
ports to Israel, both in value
and in volume. In the first
11 months of 1978, British
exports to Israel dropped six
percent to 230 million
Pounds Sterling. At the
same time, Israeli sales to
Britain shot up 16 percent
to 177 million Pounds Sterl-


Swazi Guests End Israel Visit

Premier Menahem Begin
expressed the hope Monday
that the warm ties between
Israel and Swaziland would
serve as a model for future
relations with other African
states. Begin spoke at a
dinner in honor of Swazi
Premier Maphevu Dhla-
mini, who was accompanied

Hebrew U. Cites
Kaplun Honbrees

Congressman's legislative
assistant on 'social welfare,
a mathematician turned
Talmud scholar, and an ex-
pert on environmental noise
are the three post-doctoral
winners of the Hebrew Uni-
versity's 'Morris J. Kaplun
International Prize for
The Kaplun Prize for a
distinguished scholar goes
to Prof. Isaiah Tishby, pro-
fessor of Hebrew literature
at the Hebrew University.
Endowed by the Morris
and Betty Kaplun Founda-
tion of the United States,
the annual prizes of $5,000
for each recipient are bes-
towed on scholars who have
made exceptional contribu-
Hess in Hospital tions
in science, the
BERLIN — Rudolf Hess, humanities and social sci-
the 84-year-old former de- ence, and to individuals who
puty of Adolf Hitler has have worked to -promote
been transferred from peace or the welfare of Is-
Spandau Prison to a British rael or the Jewish people.
military hospital in Berlin.
The three post-doctoral
Hess is suffering from a winners are Dr. Sara Evans
circulatory ailment. The Kestenbaum (social wel-
Western powers are ex- fare), Dr. Robert Brody
pected to again ask the, (Jewish Studies - Talmud)
Soviet Union to agree to a and Dr. Edward Glaser
parole for Hess.
(environmental sciences).


Friday, January 5, 1919 53

by the Swazi ministers of fi-
nance and justice and that
country's attorney general.
Begin called for increased
cooperation between "the
two countries.
In his reply, Dhlamini
said he was deeply im-
pressed by the achieve-
ments he saw in Israel. "The
Swazi people are by nature
a peace-loving nation," he
said. "As such we have al-
ways shared the concern of
other nations upon the diffi-
culties of finding a lasting
peaceful solution to the
problems of this region."
Dhlamini spent the
weekend in the north, vis-
iting Kibutz Ayelet

Hashahar, touring the
Golan Heights, and fulfil-
ling a lifetime ambition
by immersing himself in
the waters of the Jordan '
Saturday night the guests
were entertained at a ban-
quet given in their honor in
Haifa by Zim, the national
shipping company. Zim re-
portedly is negotiating to
set a framework for cooper-
ation with Swaziland. The
landlocked country receives
much of its goods through
ports in Mozambique.
Dhlamini left Israel
Tuesday night, after sign-
ing a joint communique
with Begin.

Egyptians Hit Travel Club

Egyptian press has
launched a bitter attack
against the French-owned
"Club Mediterranee," ac-
cusing it of fiscal fraud and
of serving "as an intelli-
gence outpost at Israel's

The club, a major interna-
tional travel organization
which operates a hotel and
several tourist camps in
Egypt, is owned by Baron
Edmond de Rothschild and
Gilbert Trigano, a French
Jewish businessman.

The French paper Le
Monde reports from Cairo
that the club-has been under
attack for the last few days.
The major Egyptian daily,
Al Ahram, is accusing it of
operating "a colonial
enclave right in the center
of Cairo" and has called on
the government to "outlaw

it before signing a peace
treaty with Israel."
In one of the Egyptian
paper's articles which
contains slight anti-
Jewish innuendos, the
club is accused of "being
owned by rich French
Jews" who, says the
paper, are operating in
Egypt "under a false
Le Monde reports that the
late President Nasser, who
wanted the club to open
travel facilities in Egypt,
advised Trigano to create a
company under a different
name so as not to be barred
from Egypt because of the
Arab boycott restrictions.
According to the French
paper, the atta6ks are moti-
vated by the Egyptian gov-
ernment's desire to cancel
the club's leases and hand
them over to "other Western


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