TRADE: The Spreading Boycott Brouhaha

"The boycott of American businesses by the Arab countries because those businesses trade with Israel is an absolute disgrace."

—Jimmy Carter

"I'm against the Arab boycott. I think the affirmative action I have taken ... will be a big deterrent. "

—President Ford

In the closing days of the campaign, the Arab boycott of companies that do business with Israel has suddenly become a U.S. political issue. Both candidates are trying to outdo each other in denouncing it. Their tug of war has shed little light on how the boycott works, but it is spreading confusion and concern among businessmen.

The issue flared hottest in...

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