Demand Probe into Possible Arab Blackmail of U.S. Oil Companies
Menu JTA Search

Demand Probe into Possible Arab Blackmail of U.S. Oil Companies

Download PDF for this date

A leader of the Jewish Labor Committee called this weekend upon “any appropriate agency of government–the Congress or administrative–to launch an immediate probe into whether United States oil companies are being blackmailed into paying for pro-Arab and anti-Jewish propaganda in the United States.”

Jacob Sheinkman, first vice-president of the JLC and general secretary-treasurer of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers Union, AFL-CIO, told 500 delegates attending the JCL’s 40th anniversary convention at the Hotel Roosevelt, that “if large corporations are now admitting that they illegally contributed to political campaigns, let us ascertain right now whether in the Arab oil campaign to keep Americans cold, there is not also a blackmailing of American oil companies to help defray the costs of anti-Israel and anti-Jewish propaganda in this country.”

Sheinkman said that several pro-Arab propaganda groups in this country “have publicly admitted that they are seeking financial assistance from American oil companies. The question is: are they? If so, from whom and how much?”

Founding Funders

The digitization of the JTA Archive would not have been possible without the generous support of the following donors:
  • The Gottesman Fund
  • Righteous Persons Foundation
  • Charles H. Revson Foundation
  • Elisa Spungen Bildner and Robert Bildner, in honor of Norma Spungen
  • George S. Blumenthal
  • Grace and Scott Offen Charitable Fund