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N.j. Town Limits Dealings to Firms Not Complying with Arab Boycott

The Township of North Bergen has adopted a resolution instructing the township’s purchasing agent to limit his dealings to firms which do not comply with the Arab boycott against Israel and urging other municipalities to adopt the same restriction.

A township spokesman said the resolution was the first of its kind to be adopted by any municipality in the United States. The resolution also endorsed the newly-enacted federal Tax Reform Act which contains provisions penalizing firms which comply with the boycott by denial to them of tax deferrals.

Mayor Peter Mocco said that a letter will be sent to Attorney General Edward Levi and Commerce Secretary Elliot Richardson asking them to provide the township with a list of American firms complying with the boycott. He said “the Arab boycott campaign is morally obnoxious and its insidious effects on American principles necessitates immediate action to indicate to the Arab states that we will not surrender to this form of blackmail.”