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U.k. May Move Against Arab Boycott

Britain may be prepared to outlaw compliance with the Arab League boycott of Israel if its European Community partners initiate such action, Foreign Secretary Douglas Hurd has indicated.

Hurd reminded Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in a letter that “like the United States, we do not support the boycott.” He added, “Should there be an E.C. initiative to legislate, then the U.K. would be ready to join.”

Martin Savitt, chairman of the Anti-Boycott Coordination Committee of the British-Israel Chamber of Commerce, called Hurd’s letter the “first-ever positive reaction” from the Foreign Office on the boycott issue.