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Congress to Get Bill Against Navy’s Aid to Arab Blockade

Rep. Emanuel Celler, New York Democrat, announced today that he was introducing a bill in the House designed to force the Navy to remove clauses that respect the Arab blockade.

He said the clauses made it virtually impossible for companies trading with Israel to bid on cargo shipping contracts for the U.S. military. “The U.S. Government is permitting the Arab boycott against Israel to spread to its own citizens and companies.” he declared.

(Abraham A. Redelheim, president of the Zionist Organization of America, today sharply denounced the action of the U. S, Navy Department in foreclosing bids on oil cargo shipping contracts to U.S. flag ships doing business with Israel as “a surrender to Arab intimidation and object abdication by the U.S. Government of its rights under international law.” The action of the Navy was strongly criticised also by The New York Times in an editorial yesterday.)

Secretary of State Herter was reported today to have told a closed session of the Senate, Foreign Relations Committee that he hoped United Nations Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold would “have some success” in Egypt in resolving problems arising from Israel-Egyptian differences on Suez Canal usage.

(The Arab press in Cairo today reported that Mr. Hammarskjold left Egypt yesterday without succeeding in securing the release of the two vessels detained at the Suez Canal for carrying cargo from Israel. During his stay in Cairo, Mr. Hammarskjold conferred on this subject with President Nasser and Foreign Minister Mahmoud Fawsi.)

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