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B’nai B’rith Urges Republicans Democrats to Support Federal Anti-boycott Measures in Their Platforms

The B’nai B’rith will ask the Democratic and Republican parties to give “forthright and unambiguous” support in their 1976 Presidential platforms to federal legislation that would make it illegal for American firms to comply with the Arab boycott against Israel, the B’nai B’rith’s administrative committee announced at its semi-annual meeting here last night. The action was one of a series of proposals on foreign and domestic issues in which B’nai B’rith will seek bi-partisan support during this election year.

David M. Blumberg, president of B’nai B’rith, said that “a strong and enforceable” anti-boycott law is needed “to put a damper on Arab economic warfare which has coerced American corporations and banks into flouting U.S. policies and interests” Blumberg added that the “foreign policy plans by either party which call for Middle East peace measures but ignore the Arab boycott’s subversion of American national interests would be self-weakening and open to challenge.”