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American-israel Chamber of Commerce Seeks Lifting of Ban to Travel to Israel

The American-Israel Chamber of Commerce appealed today to Secretary of State Dean Rusk to consider the lifting of the United States ban on travel by Americans to Middle East countries “which retain diplomatic relations with the United States.”

“Pending the earliest possible lifting of the ban, we trust the State Department will readily issue individual authorizations to Americans who must go to Israel on business,” the message said. The Chamber said that among its more than 1,000 members. “there are many with industrial plants and commercial interests in Israel which must be attended to.”

From Washington it was reported that relaxation of travel restrictions by Americans in several Middle East countries will be announced soon, beginning with those farthest removed from the area where hostilities recently took place. Some of the restrictions may be lifted altogether.