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Wjc Committee on Arab Boycott Will Focus on International Pacts

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At last week’s meeting here of the 15-member Executive of the World Jewish Congress, a decision was taken to intensify the WJC’s efforts to combat the Arab boycott by examining the relevance of international trade and economic agreements with a view to possible recourse to international agencies. The Institute of Jewish Affairs in London and the legal staff of the World Jewish Congress in Geneva have already begun research in this connection.

The WJC Committee on the Boycott, whose chairman is Edgar M. Bronfman of New York, will collect and make available to its affiliated communities and other interested bodies material regarding the impact of the boycott in various countries and national legislative and administrative measures against it. It will offer advice, expertise and other assistance to communities which require this in their national efforts against the boycott. The WJC will concern itself particularly with countries which have small Jewish communities.

The Executive resolved to take appropriate measures to insure the maximum participation of the WJC and its affiliates in the proposed World Conference on Soviet Jewry to be held in Brussels next February.

The Executive decided to mark the 40th anniversary of the WJC in 1976 by public functions throughout the world. The WJC was founded in Geneva in 1936 after a series of Preparatory Conferences, the first of which was held in 1932. At the present time its affiliated communities number more than 60.

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