CLEVELAND (Jul. 26)
A threat of boycott by the Arab League Boycott Office at Beirut, Lebanon, was sharply rejected by a group of Cleveland investors, headed by Howard Abrams, vice-president of Curtis Industries, Inc., here.
The Cleveland group is giving financial backing to a Minnesota corporation, Scher-Tumico, Inc., which makes mechanical, optical and electronic measuring devices. Howard M. James, president of Scher-Tumico, which received the boycott threat, replied to the Central Office for the Boycott of Israel as follows:
“We are not impressed by your threat of intimidation and coercion through boycott and blacklist. If the Arab states had progressed industrially to the point where your markets were lucrative for our products, we would still not be impressed. The effort you are expending in fomenting hate and strife can better be used to bring something of substance for your people.
“Cease your war with the Israelis, and you will find this corporation, and most all of America, ready and anxious to extend to you a welcome and helping hand.”