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A group calling itself “Save Our Israel” (SOIL), attempted to prevent ten New York banks from opening for business Thursday because of their alleged compliance with the Arab boycott of Israel. An anonymous telephone caller told news media that the group had poured “liquid steel” into the locks of seven branches of the Chemical Bank, two of Chase Manhattan and one branch of Citibank. All of the banks opened at their regular time, however. A spokesman for one of the banking companies said an unidentified sticky substance had been found in some locks but did not prevent the doors from opening.

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