Arab League officials who administer the Arab boycott against companies dealing with Israel ended their 12-day meeting on Monday (20 June).
GV INTERIOR Mr. Mohamed Mahgoub, Commissioner General of Arab Boycott Bureau seated at head of table
SV Palestine Liberation Organisation spokesman Younis El Katary speaking in Arabic
CU Mr. Mahgoub replying in American reporter in English
SV & CU U.S.A. SV & CU President Carter signing boycott bill on White House lawn
SV Mr. Mahgoub speaking to American reporter
CU President Jimmy Carter speaking in English (3 shots)
REPORTER: "Have you discussed the current anti-boycott legislation that is now on President Carter's desk? As you know, it's been modified quite a bit. What is the boycott organisation's attitude towards this legislation?"
MAHGOUB: "I cannot give any answer about this question. The declaration...everything we can say is in the declaration."
REPORTER: "Do you give the names of the American companies?
MAHGOUB: "No we do not give the names of the American companies. We give the names of a Japanese, English and other companies."
MAHGOUB: "After the conference Mr. Sultanir (phonetic) will give you the names."
REPORTER: "All of the names?"
MAHGOUB: "All of the names."
REPORTER: "Expect the American company one?"
CARTER: "The new law does not threaten or question the sovereign right of any nation to regulate its commerce with other countries. The bill seeks instead to end the divisive effect upon American life of foreign boycotts aimed at Jewish members of our society. If we allow such a precedent to become established, we open the door to similar actions against any ethnic, racial or religious group in America."
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Background: Arab League officials who administer the Arab boycott against companies dealing with Israel ended their 12-day meeting on Monday (20 June). The delegates to the meeting in the Egyptians city of Alexandria decided to add 13 new companies to their blacklist, including a number of United States firms. The news came two days before President Jimmy Carter signed legislation on Wednesday (22 June) prohibiting American companies from complying with the Arab trade boycott of Israel.
SYNOPSIS: The Alexandria meeting was chaired by the boycott Commissioner-General, Mohamed Mahgoub. He announced earlier in the week that a number of companies were being removed from the blacklist. The Palestine Liberation Organisation's (PLO) representatives at the conference -- Younis el Katary-- gave newsman a list of countries which have companies now being put onto the list. The new firms include five American firms, three from Hong Kong and one each from Finland, Japan Italy, Turkey and Burundi. The conference postponed a decision on ll other companies until they produced documents proving they had stopped all dealings with Israel. Mr. Mahgoub was asked by newsmen about the then proposed American legislation.