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American President Lines Bows to Arabs; Liner to Avoid Haifa Port

The American President Lines confirmed here today that it had canceled a stop by their liner President Roosevelt at the Israeli port of Haifa in deference to objections by Egypt.

A spokesman for the West Coast shipping line said that Egypt had threatened to bar the ship from going through the Suez Canal on its round-the-world cruise if the vessel made its scheduled stop at the Israeli port. He said the alternative to going through the Canal was to sail around the Cape of Good Hope.

The Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith has protested the cancelation to the United States Department of Commerce and has criticized the line for bowing to pressure from Arab countries participating in a boycott of Israel.