WASHINGTON (Oct. 14)
Norman W. Raies, of Portland, Ore., was appointed by the Republican National Committee today as a national co-chairman of the Lebanese-Syrian-American section of the Nationalities Division of the GOP committee. Announcement of the appointment was made by Dean Burch, chairman of the Republican Party national committee.
Mr. Raies is a leader of the Federation of Syrian-Lebanese Clubs and the Cedar Society, a founder of the American University in Beirut, Lebanon, and a charter member of the American Friends of the Middle East, an anti-Israel group. Last summer, Mr. Raies testified before the platform committees of both the Republican and Democratic national conventions, urging the adoption of planks against Israel.
Holding the post of co-chairman of the Lebanese-Syrian-American section, Mr. Burch said, will be George Bashara, of Detroit, president of the Lebanese-American Republican Club. Chairman Burch said the two “will be responsible for selecting state chairman and for developing nationwide support of Lebarese-Syrian Americans for Goldwater and Miller.”