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Holtzman Critical of Red Carpet Treatment Given to Sadat

Rep. Elizabeth Holtzman (D.NY) today criticized the “red carpet” treatment being given to Egyptian President Anwar Sadat during his visit to the United States. In a statement to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency just before she was to address the 2000 delegates attending the national convention of the Women’s American ORT at the New York Hilton, Holtzman said:

“I think that President For can meet with him (Sadat), but to roll out the red carpet for a man whose country voted for an anti-Zionist resolution at the UN, a man who denies (by this vote) the legitimacy of Israel, this is going to create a problem.” The Congresswoman was also critical of the pressure the State Department has reportedly applied on Mayor Abraham Beame to attend a ceremony honoring Sadat when he visits New York Wednesday. She said she thought Beame should not attend the ceremony.

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