Armistice Commission Rejects Jordan’s Complaint Against Israel’s Parade

Jordan complained to the United Nations today against Israel’s conduct of its Independence Day military parade in Jerusalem, but the grievance was rejected by the U.N.

The Jordanian complaint had been filed with the Jordan-Israel Mixed Armistice Commission, Amman contending that Israel had violated the 1949 armistice agreement between the two nations, despite the fact that Israel had been careful to display none of the heavy weapons forbidden to either side in Jerusalem. The Israeli delegate to the Mixed Armistice Commission objected to Jordan’s complaint on the grounds that the issue involved a political matter which is outside the MAC’s jurisdiction. The chairman of the Commission, representing the United Nations, upheld Israel’s objection, and the issue was dropped.

In Beirut, the Arab League’s anti-Israel boycott office issued a statement today threatening to blacklist all American goods if the United States Congress should adopt a law prohibiting American firms from answering questions from Arab boycott authorities. In a separate action, the Beirut office of the Palestine Liberation Organization — the fighting arm of the Unified Arab Command for the making of war against Israel — issued a belligeraat statement condemning Israel on the occasion of Israel’s anniversary celebrations.

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