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Australian Airline Yields to Arab Boycott Threat; Cancels Appointment

Arab boycott threats were blamed here today for the unpublicized cancellation by the Quantas Airline of Australia of an appointment of a sales manager in Israel. Colin Atkinson had been named to the post and had been introduced to leaders of the Jewish community in Melbourne. He left Sydney early in May with his wife and children, ostensibly to take up his post in Israel.

However, his failure to arrive in Israel and to deliver there a number of private parcels he had been given in Sydney for delivery in Israel prompted inquiries at the Quantas office here. It was learned that Atkinson is now back in Australia.