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Mideast / Arms Lobby #256800

CBS Evening News for Friday, Mar 10, 1978
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(Studio) Earlier reports on Jewish lobby in Washington, DC noted. Upcoming series on Arab lobby in Congress noted.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(NYC) Difference in Arab presence in United States and that of Jewish community in American explained; is noted that most are Christian, not Moslem, and that most come from Lebanon. [Arab-American attorney Dick SHADYAC - says there's no such thing as Arab community in US.] No. of congmen. of Arab and Jewish descent mentioned; only one identified with Arab cause, Senator James Abourezek, is retiring this year Wealth from Arab oil states that could be behind Arab lobby in United States noted; Treasury Department's refusal to disclose exact figs. of Arab holdings in United States bonds and notes, upon request under Freedom of Information Act, mentioned. [Libyan charge d'affaires Shaban GASHUT - cites reasons Arab ambs. decided not to establish American lobby.] [American Arab Action Committee spokesperson Dr. Mohammed MEHDI - says that despite Zionists' claims to contrary, as far as he knows Arab money spent on lobbying efforts in United States couldn't top $1 million.] President Ford and Carter's mtgs. with Arab-Americans and complaints of Arab-Americans that Jewish lobby is still dominant voice in Washington, DC noted. [Palestinian-American leader Mike SAAH - notes time it took for Arabs to get meeting with Carter as opposed to that it took for Jews.] Anti-Arab image as shown in cartoons distributed in United States by Israeli Info. Center described. [Association of Arab-Americans spokesperson John RICHARDSON - talks of running up against chgs. of being anti-Semitic.] [SAAH - says Arab lobby in United States is very small.] [GASHUT - says there is no Arab lobby.] [Georgetown University Center for Arab Studies spokesperson Dr. Michael HUDSON - thinks there's no real Arab lobby.] [American Jewish Committee spokesperson Ira SILVERMAN - thinks that American business people begin to try to twist policy more towards Arabs.] Upcoming report on Arab-American connection in Houston, Texas, and Washington, DC noted.
REPORTER: Bill McLaughlin

Cronkite, Walter;
McLaughlin, Bill

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