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July 20, 1984 - Image 24

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1984-07-20

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24 Friday, July 20, 1984


Georgia Jews like Bert Lance

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prominent position in the campaign.
Mondale and his proposed vice
presidential running mate, Geral-
dine Ferraro, are both extremely
pro-Israel. This year's Democratic
Party Platform, moreover, includes a
down-the-line statement of support
for Israel.
Ferraro, addressing the World
Affairs Council in San Francisco last
week, declared: "In the Middle East,
we will reaffirm that support for Is-
rael is a moral issue. We will rescue
Camp David from the scrap-heap,
and we will substitute that quest for
peace for the policy of increasing
arms shipments to the sworn
enemies of our sole democratic ally in
the region. To ship Stinger missiles
to the terrorist-plagued Middle East
is too close to throwing a lighted
match into the world's gas tank."
Mondale's close associates
suggested this week that he was
largely unaware of Lance's Arab-
related activities of recent years.
The Mondale people saw the
Lance appointment, they said,
strictly as an opportunity to
strengthen the Democratic ticket in
the South, where Lance is still inf-
Most recently, Lance has served
as the Democratic Party's state
chairman in Georgia and was quite
active in helping Mondale capture
that state in the primary earlier this
Despite Lance's heavy business
association with oil-rich Arabs and
his remarks about Jews, he was de-
fended by two well-known Jewish
political activists in Atlanta, includ-
ing Carter's White House counsel,
Robert Lipshutz, and Jerome Zim-
merman, a local businessman.
Both said Lance is well-liked and
respected in the Jewish community
of Georgia. They denied he was anti-
Israeli or anti-Semitic.
"If enemies of Fritz Mondale at-
tempt to undermine his candidacy for
President of the United States by
either covert or overt attacks on Bert
Lance's relationship with American
Jews or with the State of Israel, they
will find that they are barking up the
wrong tree," Lipshutz said in a
"Lance's record of action

throughout his adult life, both in the
public and private sectors, are a trib-
ute to his genuine friendship with
American Jews and to his support of
causes particularly sensitive to us,
such as the support and security of
the State of Israel, and the constant
battle against anti-Semitism, as-re-
cently illustrated by his taking a
leading role in the efforts of the ADL
and the American Jewish Committee
in our community's effort in the Leo
Frank case," he continued, referring
to the Atlanta Jew lynched by an
anti-Semitic mob in the early 1900s
after being falsely accused of killing
a young girl. There have recently
been efforts to exonerate Frank.

Despite Lance's heavy
business association with
oil-rich Arabs and his
remarks about Jews, he
was defended by two
well-known Jewish
political activists in

"Innuendoes relating to his sale
several years ago of his stock in the
National Bank of Georgia to a Saudi
Arabian — details of which were well
publicized — ignore the fact that two
directors of that same bank are lead-
ing and highly respected members of
the Atlanta Jewish community and
the operation of that bank con-
tinuously for the past several years
has been under the presidency and
management of a highly respected
American banker who has spent
most of his 30 years in this business
as a top officer of the Bank of
America," Lipsifutz said. "Would
these same critics of Bert Lance come
forward and zealously lead a crusade
to remove the piesent Secretary of
State and the present Secretary of
Both George Shultz and Caspar
Weinberger had close associations
with Saudi Arabia as leading officers
of the Bechtel Corp. construction


Saudi practice may violate U.S. boycott law

New York (JTA) — The wanted the State Depart-
American Jewish Congress ment to crack down by
has accused the Saudi Ara- warning that unless the
bian Embassy in Washing- practice is stopped, Saudi
ton of violating American "persona non grata" would
law by providing a service be asked to leave the coun-
that gives information over try.
the telephone on the Arab
William Maslow, AJCon-
boycott of Israel. Boycott gress general counsel, said
Report, a monthly publica- last week the agency is
tion of the AJCongress, de- working with members of
scribed the Saudi practice the U.S. Senate to have the
as an abuse of diplomatic problem brought to the at-
tention to the State De-
The AJCongress said it partment.

Federal anti-boycott laws
enacted in 1976 and 1977
penalize American tax-
payers who participate in,
or cooperate with, an inter-
national boycott not
sanctioned by the United
States •government. The
1977 legislation in particu-
lar forbids any "U.S. per-
son" from furnishing infor-
mation concerning the
existence or absence of a
business relationship with a
boycotted company.

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