PARIS (Jan. 10)
A development which political circles here interpret as “the first break in the Arabs’ solid anti-Israeli economic boycott, “was reported here today in-a Beirut dispatch to the newspaper Le Monde. The report revealed that the Lebanese Ministry of Economy has authorized permission “for all ships” to unload their cargoes at Lebanese harbors.
The Lebanese Ministry’s ruling, according to Le Monde, follows the fact that United Arab Republic authorities have permitted a Norwegian freighter, the SS Mays, to unload its cargo at Alexandria, Egypt. The Mars had been on the Arab Boycott Office blacklist since 1956 for previous trading with Israel. Earlier, the same ship had been banned from Beirut by Lebanese authorities observing the anti-Israeli boycott,