Carter Vows Action Against Boycott

President elect Jimmy Carter, reaffirming a campaign pledge to fight the Arab boycott, told the American Jewish Congress last night there was “no room in the international arena” foreign discrimination” against Americans “on grounds of their race, their religion or the countries with which they trade.” “I deplore it and want to work with you to end it,” Carter said in an apparent reference to the Arab boycott of Israel and U.S. firms that trade with Israel. Carter’s letter, addressed to Rabbi Arthur Hertzberg, AJ Congress president, said he welcomed the organization’s recommendations about “how foreign discrimination can be soon ended.” The President-elect’s statement was released at the opening session of the AJ Congress’ policy-making National Governing Council meeting here. The AJ Congress has called for strong federal anti-boycott legislation and has worked for the enactment of state anti-boycott laws in New York, California and other states.

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