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                     Feb. 16, 1995, V3, #33
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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 incidents.

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 inside.

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 residents.

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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