BOSTON (Oct. 27)
The American Jewish Congress called this week-end on the Government of the United States, the American business community and American taxpayer to stand firm in resisting the trade boycott enforced by the Arab League. The boycott has now spread, the Congress charged, until it encroaches upon “the elementary American freedoms truce, invest and travel.” These charges were detailed in a new report released at a dinner meeting of the national administrative committee of the AJC.
In the ten years of Israel’s existence, said the report, the boycott has been extended from economic warfare against Israel and her products to foreign firms dealing with Israel and finally to discrimination by the Arab states against Jews throughout the world, even if they have no connection with Israel or Zionism. In the broadest sense, this Arab boycott constitutes political and economic aggression no less dangerous than armed attack.” The report noted that when faced with firm resistance on the part of the government, the Arabs back down. It said also that West Germany and Holland have repeatedly resisted Arab boycott measures.
The U. S. Government, on the other hand, the AJC asserted, “has acquiesced in this boycott and has never urged American businessmen and shipowners to ignore the Arab boycott and blockade and refuse to furnish to the Arab boycott office information as to the religious composition of American companies.”