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December 08, 1978 - Image 18

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1978-12-08

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18 Friday, December 8, 1918


Police-Orthodox Relations Simmer After Sla ying, NY Precinct Riot 4

Four suspects, identified as
Hispanics, were :ap-
prehended Sunday in the
pre-dawn street robbery
and stabbing death Satur-

day of a 65-year-old Or-
thodox Jew, Irving
Sussman, in the Borough
Park (section of Brooklyn,
and a fifth suspect is being
sought, according to a police

department spokesman.
Mayor Edward Koch
pledged a "full and complete
investigation" of the vio-
lence that erupted following
the slaying between police

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and thousands of Hasidic
residents in the area at
which at least 70 people
were injured, several seri-
According to police and
other witnesses, what
began as an orderly though
angry demonstration by
some 3,000 Hasidim who
milled around the 66th Pre-
cinct station house to pro-
test the alleged delayed re-
sponse by police to the slay-
ing, turned ugly when about
200 Hasidim entered the
station house and began to
smash furniture, overturn
file cabinets and, allegedly;
assaulted the three police
officers on duty.
About 100 police rein-
forcements were sum-
moned and bloody fight-
ing spilled into the streets
as police wielded clubs
and protestors punched,
clawed and hurled
First Deputy Police
Commissioner Joseph
Hoffman estimated damage
to the station house at more
than $10,000.
Koch-rushed to the scene
as did his community
liaison officer, Rabbi Edgar
Gluck, and Democratic
State Assemblyman
Samuel Hirsch, who repre-
sents the 48th Assembly
District that includes
Borough Park. Hirsch was
badly battered — by police
clubs he claimed —1 and both
he and Gluck supported
charges by the Hasidim that
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violence to dispersethe pro- streets looking for help.
They aid the first call came
According to police, 62 of in at 1:17 a.m., 27 minutes
the injured were police offi- after the body was dis-
cers and only eight were covered and that officers
civilians, including one who were on the scene 13 min-
suffered a heart attack who utes later.
the melee. Hirsch and
Gluck disputed that figure. executive director of the
Sussman, a plumber Jewish t Community Rela-
who lived alone, was tions Council, said Tuesday
stabbed to death some there would be a follow-up
time after midnight on his meeting to the three-hour
way home from Sabbath meeting Monday at which
services at the Bobover Mayor Koch asked for
Synagogue several condemnation of the CO
blocks from.his home. An thodox Jews.
Orthodox Jew, he carried
Hoenlein said the
neither money nor iden- follow-up meeting would
be• part of "an on-going 4.4
The Hasidim charged process which will in-
that the police took 45 min- volve a variety of actions
utes to respond to the crime and meetings," to seek
after Sussman's body was more effective protection
found by another Hasid, against street crime, not
Moses Benfield. They only in Borough Park but
claimed that homicide de- throughout the city and
tectives failed to arrive for to foster better relations
more than two hours.
between police and the
Police attributed the Jewish community."
delay to the fact that Ben-
The mayor made his re-
field_ does not speak mark after repeating ear-
English, did not know how., her statements that vio-
to call the\ police and wan- . lence could not be condoned
dered around the empty regardless of the source.

Lawyers Delegation Admits
Arafat Invite to Lebanon

Members of the National
Lawyers Guild delegation
that had accused Israel of
violating human rights and
had been criticized by other
laWyers' organizations and
Jewish organizations ac-
knowledged that they vis-
ited Lebanon at the invita-
tion of the Palestine Libera
tion Organization and con-
ferred with its leaders
there, .inclading Yasir
The delegation-: also ad-
mitted that "money was
made available by a private
individual" for the 10-
member delegation's trip to
Lebanon and Israel last
_year. The delegation re-
fused to identify him, say-
ing it was-- "not a matter of
record." The delegation ac-
knowledged that seven of
the travelers were "paid
portions" of their expenses
and three others paid their
way. While in Israel, the
delegation said it was
hosted by Kibutz Artzi, the
kibutz movement . of
- Mapam.
Under questioning at a
press conference at the Na-
tional Press Club in connec-
tion with the distribution of
a report by the majority of
the delegation condemning
Israel, three of the four re-
presenting the delegation
were identified as "Jews,"
and one of them — William
Montross — added that they
were Jewish "by birth, not
by practice."
Besides Montross, the
participants in this group
were William Schaap, a
Washing ton lawyer, like
Montross; Leah Tsemel,
vn Israeli lawyer. and
Abdir Jabara, a Detroit
lawyer who is a former
president of the Arab-
American University
Graduates Association
and editor of "Free Pales-
tine," a pro-PLO publica-
tion in Beirut.

The delegation's 143-
page report entitled
"Treatment of Palestinians
in Israeli Occupied West
Bank and Gaza" contains
charges frequently alleged
in past years, including re-
ports of torture. Israelis in
turn have refuted\ the alle-
After the Guild delega-
tion's news conference, the
American Jewish Congress
sponsored a news confer-
ence on the same floor of the
National Press Club. This
was also attended by Mon-
tross, Schaap and Jabara.
At the AJCongress confer-
ence, Howard Dickstein of
Oakland, Calif., who was a
member of the Guild dele-
gation that made the inves-
tigatory trip, issued a
minority report on his find-
ings and denounced the
delegation's majority report
as being distorted.
In a separate state-
ment, Prof. Alan Der-
showitz of Harvard Law
School and. Monroe
Freedman, former, dean
of Hofstra• University
Law School, declared
that "the principal
sources of direct evi-
dence cited in support of
its conclusion that to,
ture is sYstematica
practiced and official
sanctioned by the Israeli
government are inter-
views conducted with
five Palestinians who
were former prisoners in
Israel's jails. But the re-
port fails to disclose that
these interviews were
conducted at PLO head-
quarters with PLO •• ■
'selected former pris-
oners in the presence of
armed PLO officials."



Bnai Brith International'
denounced the National
Lawyers Guild's report as "a
case of reshaping reality to
fit a preconceived political

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