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Anti-Semitism

Continued from Page 1

Republican think-tank, the Na-
tional Jewish Coalition, "Unless
there is an eyewitness to it, or
you can validate it, you can not
perpetuate it. Let's not forget
the principle of this country that
you are innocent until proven
guilty."
The alleged incident during
the GOP convention was not
the first rumbling of anti-Semi-
tism within the party. Reports
of anti-Semitic undertones
within certain factions of the
Republican Party began after
Ms. Fischer announced she
would enter the race for Re-
publican State Committee-
woman.
Some Republican and Jew-
ish leaders believe rumors sur-
faced because the GOP never
has elected a Jewish woman to
the prestigious state commit-
teewoman post.
Others suggest the party
noise is merely political.
Mr. Carl is a candidate for
the new 10th Congressional
District and he is chairman of
the Macomb County Republi-
cans. The Macomb Coalition of
Republicans is a group of peo-
ple who left the county group
after a leadership struggle.
Brian Flood, spokesman for
the Michigan Republican Par-
ty, said he did not believe

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said he did not witness any
statements, but suspects th
charges may be related to a
power struggle in the Maconlb
County GOP.
"The Republican Party ab-
hors any hateful speech against
any ethnic or religious group,"
Mr. Flood said. "We are the -
ty of tolerance."
During the campaign, Rib-
publicans who requested
anonymity suggested that some
party members were referrir
to Ms. Fischer and Oakland
County GOP Chairman J .
Alexander as "the Jew crew"
long before the convention.
When Mr. Alexander heard
about the comments, he wrote
a letter to Ms. Romney, then the
party committeewoman. Ire
asked her if the talk was true
and wrote that it must stop.
Mr. Alexander said he is aa-
gry about the discord within. the
GOP, and hopes the Jewish
community understands this is
not indicative of Republica• .
Party practices.
"I don't know for sure what
was said and what wasn't said,"
Mr. Alexander said. "My major
concern is that too many peopl
spend too much time denying
something was said and no time
deploring these kinds of tactics."

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Sydney, Australia (JTA) —
The Arab League's trade
boycott of Israel has been
rebuffed by Australia's
largest business association.
The New South Wales
Chamber of Commerce
offered "categorical
assurances" last week that
it will no longer issue
negative certificates of
origin, which facilitate the
boycott.
The chamber was sharply
criticized by Bob Carr,
leader of the opposition
Labor Party, for issuing a
document recently which not
only contained the com-
pliance stamp of the Arab
boycott office but listed
"Palestine" as one of the
destinations for which the
boycott stamp is required.
Mr. Carr, who is president
of Labor Friends of Israel,
blasted the chamber for
listing Palestine and refus-
ing to acknowledge the
"moral obnoxiousness" of
complying with the boycott.
David Taylor, executive
director of the chamber, said
he "can only sincerely
apologize" for the inclusion
of the word "Palestine,"
which he attributed to

"unacceptable behavior" by
a "very junior clerical assis-
tant."
He told the Jewish Tele-
graphic Agency that he
"sincerely regretted the
distress that the incident
has obviously caused."
Meanwhile, the Chamber
of Commerce of Victoria.
state also issued a boycott
compliance certificate this
week. No official response
was received, however,
following a meeting of the
president of the chamber
with representatives oi
Australia/Israel Publica-
tions.
The Executive Council of
Australian Jewry has called
on Foreign Minister Gareth
Evans to "take whatever ac-
tion is necessary" to end
compliance with the Arab"
boycott.
Leslie Caplan, president of
the council, said in that con-.
nection that the federal
government has made clear
that chambers of commerce
have no authority from th ►
state to comply with the
boycott or give the impres-
sion that the Australian
government concurred with
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