Report U.S. Firm Involved in Building Negev Air Base is Participant in Arab Boycott

The Jerusalem Post published today what it said was an internal document of the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith, describing one of the primary American contractors for the construction of two new air bases in the Negev as an active participant in the Arab boycott against Israel. The Post said the document, dated June 11, referred to the Perini Corp. of Framing ham, Mass., sponsor of one of the consortiums selected by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to construct the American-financed bases that will replace those Israel will give up in Sinai.

(An ADL spokesman in New York told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that the Rerini Corp. has been under “study” by the ADL but he could not immediately confirm the nature of the internal document reported by the Jerusalem Post.)

According to the Post, the document said that David Perini, president of the corporation, has stated that he would continue to oppose pending anti-boycott legislation in the U.S. It said the corporation is known to do business with Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia and Kuwait and that Perini signed agreements with those countries containing clauses that enforce the anti-Israel boycott.

Meanwhile, preliminary work is proceeding on one of the Negev airfields in the Ovdat Valley where land has already been leveled. A private plane has already landed there carrying a team of American experts and directors of the construction companies involved. (The Jewish Telegraphic Agency phoned the Perini Corp. for a statement on the ADL document but a spokesman for the firm was not immediately available for comment.)

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