LOS ANGELES (Jan. 14)
Leaders of the Boycott Standard Oil Committee (BSC) have called upon the United States government to cease ship-ping food, and technological and military equipment to Arab countries participating in the Arab oil boycott and called for a freeze on the price of gasoline until the issue of oil company complicity in the oil shortage can be resolved.
Si Frumkin and Zev Yaroslavsky, leaders of the BSC, declared that “business as usual with Arab countries who are cutting us off from resources vital to our survival is unacceptable.” The two said they were particularly incensed over continuing shipments of such goods to Saudi Arabia, one of the leaders of the Arab boycott. “While Saudi Arabia leads the oil boycott against us, we are continuing shipments of phantom jets, drilling equipment, and other technological assistance to them,” the two said.
Turning to recent conspiracy charges against oil companies, Frumkin and Yaroslavsky declared, “We tend to believe every word of what has been said regarding oil company complicity in the shortage. There is too much evidence to make us think otherwise. Accordingly, we are calling upon the government and/or Congress to impose an immediate freeze on the price of gasoline at the wholesale level until proper investigatory bodies resolve the conspiracy question,” they said.