LONDON (Dec. 16)
Forty British firms under the control of Charles Clore, a Jewish financier here, and 33 directors and executives associated with him, were added to the Arab boycott list today. Altogether, the new boycott list includes 49 British firms. Mr. Clore was described by the Arab boycott office as “a man of Zionist inclination.”
Mr. Clore, who is 58, had donated $1,000,000 to the Weizmann Institute of Science at Rehovot, Israel. In addition, he and Sir Isaac Wolfson, the noted Jewish philanthropist are associated in numerous commercial interests in Israel. A $2,000,000 loan for the construction of a new City Hall in Jerusalem had been given the Jerusalem municipality by the Wolfson-Clore Mayer Corporation.
Mr. Clore heads a combine of interests valued at 200,000,000 pounds sterling ($560,000,000), including a wide variety of industrial enterprises ranging from a shoe factory to shipping.
Mr. Clore said at the London Airport today, prior to leaving for New York, that the Arab boycott of his group was “a lot of bloody nonsense.” He added: “It will not make the slightest difference on my attitude about doing business with Israel.”
Meanwhile, today, Maurice Orbach, secretary of the Trades Advisory Council, an organization of businessmen fighting discrimination, announced that the group is compiling a dossier of British firms on the Arab blacklist, and will place that list before Lord Drumalbyn, Minister of State at the Board of Trade.