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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
Feb. 16, 1995, V3, #33
All the News the Big Guys Missed
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ADL Blames Talk Radio for Increase in Anti-Semitism
By Don Henry (Washington)
Anti-Semitic incidents throughout the United States have increased by
10 percent the past year, according to an annual survey released
Wednesday. The survey sponsors believe the surge is linked in part
to more inflammatory language in public speeches and on radio talk
shows -- but also to a greater willingness by victims to report the
The Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith has been conducting
these annual surveys for 16 years. It says the number of assaults,
threats and harassment against Jews reached an all-time high of
nearly 2,100 last year.
Jeffrey Sinensky of the ADL told a Washington news conference it is
not so much the number as it is the nature of the incidents that
is most alarming. "The most disturbing and troubling finding of
1994 was the increase in violent, destructive and, in one case,
deadly incidents. Shooting, arson and fire bombings were far more
prevalent than in previous years."
During the past year, 35 anti-Semitic arsons or attempted arsons
were reported, more than in the previous five years combined.
Sinensky, head of the ADL's Civil Rights Division, says young
Americans are especially vulnerable to what he calls the growing
climate of violence and the poison that has infected some aspects
of popular culture. "How else to characterize talk radio and
popular music tainted by anti-Semitism, racism, homophobia and
violence toward women?"
Sinensky says the number of arrest for anti-Semitic actions also
went up last year. He calls that a generally positive sign
reflecting greater law enforcement vigilance and greater
willingness by victims to report the cases. He believes that
willingness is probably linked to the fact that nearly all states
now have anti-hate crime laws that cover these incidents.
The ADL plans to present its annual findings to US Attorney General
Janet Reno and other top Justice officials. League officials say
they work closely with federal, state and local law enforcement
agencies to combat anti-Semitism in particular, and hate crimes and
other actions of gross or violent prejudice in general.
Journalists Barred from Hebron/Kiryat Arba
By Al Pessin (Jerusalem)
The Israeli armed forces have closed the entire area around the
West Bank town of Hebron and the adjacent Israeli settlement of
Kiryat Arba to prevent trouble as settlers prepare to mark the
anniversary of the Hebron mosque massacre.
The army frequently declares small areas military security zones
and closes them. But this closure involves a large area which is
home to about 200,000 people.
Those who live in the area will be free to move about within it,
or to leave or enter. But the army says non-residents, including
reporters, will be kept out, or forced to leave if they are already
The closure is apparently aimed at preventing thousands of settlers
from gathering Thursday at Kiryat Arba for a graveside ceremony
marking one year since the death of Baruch Goldstein. Last
February, Goldstein entered the mosque at the Tomb of the
Patriarchs in Hebron and opened fire with an automatic weapon,
killing at least 29 worshipers and wounding more than 100.
Survivors beat him to death. Radical settlers consider Goldstein
a hero, but the government does not.
A government spokesman said Wednesday officials were looking for
a way to prevent the ceremony, but decided they could not do so
legally. Organizers of the event said they expected the government
to try to prevent bus loads of supporters from reaching the grave
site, so they have planned other gatherings throughout israel and
the occupied territories.
IDF Arrests Miriam Levinger
By Patricia Golan (Jerusalem)
In Hebron, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, dozens of Israeli
police arrested one of the founders of the Jewish settlement
movement and his wife. The detentions come at a time of heightened
tensions in Hebron as both Jewish settlers and Palestinians mark
the one-year anniversary of the Hebron mosque massacre. Early
Wednesday morning a large number of police and women soldiers went
to Hebron to arrest Miriam Levinger, who has refused on a number of
occasions to appear in court on assault charges. They detained
her, her husband, Rabbi Moshe Levinger, and five other Jewish
According to the police, Rabbi Levinger had threatened to throw
stones at the police if they came to arrest his wife. Police say
settlers threw stones and eggs at the security forces to prevent
them from entering the Levinger residence. Settlers claim the
only violence was perpetrated by the police.
Rabbi Levinger is a founder of the Jewish settlement movement in
the occupied territories. He established the settlement of Kiryat
Arba adjoining Hebron in 1968, a year after Israel captured the
West Bank. Miriam Levinger led a group a women who established the
first modern Jewish enclave in Hebron itself.
Settlers' leaders charge the arrests were politically motivated,
and that police used excessive force.
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