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Iraq Says Arab Boycott Applies to Israel, Not to Other Jews

In obvious anticipation of a strong Jewish counter to the Arab boycott against Israel, the Iraq Embassy in London has begun distribution of a pamphlet denying that firms owned by or employing Jews outside of Israel were targets of the Arab economic warfare, it was disclosed today.

The pamphlet, signed by the “General Union of Arab Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture” of Beirut, Lebanon, declared “it has come to our knowledge that certain Israeli circles, with the aid of the World Zionist Organizations are conducting a campaign of misrepresentation against the Arab boycott of Israel.”

The pamphlet asserted that the Arab states were “anxious to maintain the most cor-dial economic relations with all countries” and that “in choosing measures for enforcement of the boycott against Israel, the Arab states have always been careful that no avoidable loss or damage be caused to their trade with other countries.”

“Any firm, irrespective of creed, or race of its owners, shareholders or managers will be able to deal with Arab countries, so long as it does not breach the regulations of the Arab boycott against Israel, ” the pamphlet declared.

The pamphlet, however, strongly reaffirmed the intention of the Arab participant countries to pursue the boycott to “frustrate” the “aggressive and dynamic Zionist state of Israel,” adding a warning that the Arab states “expect not only understanding but also cooperation” in the anti-Israel campaign.

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