Dutch Industrialists Reject Arab Request for Information on Jews

The Netherlands Employers Association, which last week advised its members not to reply to a questionnaire from Arab League countries about Jewish origins of its employees or directors on the grounds that “no distinctions concerning a worker’s race can be made in Holland, ” today decided to contact other industrial organizations in Europe with a view toward coordination of policy in this matter. The Dutch employers group had also advised its members to use their discretion in answering questions by the Arabs about the amount of business they do with Israel.

The Arab League’s “Office for the Economic Siege of Israel” in Damascus had put the questions to Dutch firms trading in the Middle East. The circular had asked for detailed information with regard to trade relations with Israel and Jewish employees. “We advise you to give accurate and frankly correct information, because any difference between your answers and the information the government office may obtain by investigation, will create legal complications, ”the Arab League circular warned.

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