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June 22, 1979 - Image 27

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1979-06-22

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ADL Reports 50 Anti-Jewish Incidents
at Some 31 Campuses Around the U.S.



NEW YORK — Of 90
universities polled around
the country, more than a
third reported on-campus
incidents which the Anti-
Defamation League of Bnai
Brith considers anti-
Semitic.
According to a survey
covering the past two aca-
demic years, the ADL log-
ged 50 incidents at 31 cam-
puses around the country,
with anti-Jewish graffiti or
vandalism accounting for
one-foUrth of the total.
Nathan Perlmutter, na-
tional director of the ADL,
said "the nature of the inci-
dents seems to shatter our
view of the college campus
as one of society's bastions
of enlightenment. The fact
they occur at all is perplex-
ing in light of research that
anti-Semitism decreases as
one's level of education in-
creases. Theoretically,
bigotry on our college cam-
puses should be non-
existent."
Perlmutter's comments
were based on a report to
ADL's national commis-
sion, at its 66th annual
meeting at the Plaza
Hotel. The meeting reces-
sed on Monday and re-

sumed in Jerusalem
Tuesday.
Perlmutter said that the
survey, prepared by Theo-
dore Freedman, ADL pro-
gram director, was under-
taken in cooperation with
Bnai Brith Hillel Founda-
tions. In addition to Hillel
directors, also polled for
their reactions at the same
90 Campuses were deans of
students, heads of student
government and campus
newspaper editors.
The graffiti or vandalism,
accounting for 24 percent of
the incidents, Perlmutter
said, was characterized by
"the facile use of swastikas
or other Nazi symbols and
epithets." In addition; he
said, "a rash of incidents of
this type seemed to be
triggered by the national
telecast of NBC-TV-'s
"Holocaust" — a disturbing
sign because the program
was meant to dramatize the
dangers of - bigotry." In-
cluded in this listing were
cases of arson, destruction
of property of Jewish
fraternities, and swastika
daubings.
One-fifth of the incidents
were placed in a category
labeled "political," and in-

Erosion of Support for Israel
Predicted at Press Meeting

NEW YORK (JTA) — Al-
bert Chernin, executive di-
rector of the National
Jewish Community Rela-
tions Advisory Council
(NJCRAC), warned editors
and publishers of American
Jewish newspapers that
1979 will probably see
"eroding public support for
Israel" in the United States.
Addressing the 37th an-
nual meeting of the Ameri-
can Jewish Press Associa-
tion (AJPA) at Stern Col-
lege in New York, Chernin
explained that since Ameri-
can public opinion on
foreign policy is shaped by
the President it is inevita-
ble that support for Israel
will erode.

He said the reason is that
the Carter Administration's
proposals for the Mideast
include such points as Is-
raeli withdrawal from the
West Bank, which Israel
will not accept.

But Chernin warned
that the "biggest prob-
lem" may be "erosion" of
support within the
American Jewish com-
munity. He said Ameri-
can Jewry must be united
behind Israel through a
consensus which sup-
ports a united Jerusalem
and opposes the Pales-
tine Liberation Organiza-
tion and a Palestinian
state without letting the
"zig zag" of daily events
interfere.
The AJPA, which re-
elected Frank Wundohl,
editor of the Jewish Expo-
nent of Philadelphia, to a
second one-year term as
president, adopted a resolu-
tion praising Canada's new

FRANK WUNDOHL

Prime Minister Joe Clark
for his promise to move the
Canadian Embassy from
Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and
urging the United States to
follow this example.
Other resolutions ex-
pressed outrage over the
execution of Habib Elga-
nian, the Iranian Jewish
leader and concern for the
Iranian Jewish community,
Jews in the Soviet Union
and other areas of oppres-
sion.
In addition to Wundohl,
also elected were: Albert
_Bloom, editor of the
Pittsburgh Jewish
Chronicle, first vice
president; Jerry Barach,
editor of the Cleveland
Jewish News, second vice
president; Anne Hammer-
man, editor of the Dayton
Jewish Chronicle, third vice
president; Jean Samuels of
the Jewish Herald-Voice of
Houston, Texas, treasurer;
Miriam Goldberg, editor
and publisher of the Inter-
mountain Jewish News of
Denver, recording secre-
tary; and Milton Firestone,
editor of the Kansas City
Jewish Chronicle, corre-
sponding secretary.

-

cluded were activities di-
rected against Jews under
the guise of anti-Zionism,
but deemed essentially
anti-Semitic.
The survey also found
that evangelical activi-
ties on campus — mostly
by outside groups — con-
stituted the source of 16
percent of anti-Semitic
incidents.
In Los Angeles, the
Pacific Southwest Regional
Board of the ADL has filed a
formal complaint charging
the administration of the
University of California,
Riverside, with abdication
of responsibility in failing to
deal with anti-Jewish ac-
tivities on its campus.
In a four-page letter to the
Regents of the University of
California, ADL regional
board president Joshua
Kheel cited numerous inci-
dents of verbal and physical
abuse of Jewish students at
UCR and asked that they be
investigated and appropri-
ate action concerning the
situation taken.

The ADL also reported
that nearly one in five
American law schools is in
apparent violation of a U.S.
Supreme Court ban on ad-
missions procedures based
on quotas or blanket racial
preference.
The ADL said a recent
national survey of appli-
cation forms, catalogues
and brochures for pro-
fessional schools of law,
medicine and dentistry
disclosed that 23 law
schools from a sampling
of 128 were found to
maintain admissions
procedures that were
either "clear violations"
or "visibly suspect" of

violating last year's
Bakke decision.
In the Bakke case, the
Supreme Court ruled that it
is illegal for a university to
exclude a white applicant
from a special entrance pro-
gram by setting fixed
quotas for minorities — an
argument supported in a
friend-of-the-court brief
ADL filed with the Court.
Of 20 schools found to
maintain admissions proce-
dures that are "visibly sus-
pect with respect to the
ethnic-racial classifications
made illegal by Bakke,"
nine were law schools, an-
other nine medical schools
and two were dental
schools.
In a related development,
the ADL protested the
granting of a visa to the
head of a British "racist and
totalitarian political party."
Justin J. Finger, direc-
tor of ADL's civil rights
division, telegraphed
Secretary of State Cyrus
R. Vance urging revoca-
tion of the visa of John
Hutchyns Tyndall,
chairman of the British
National Front.
Tyndall was expected in
this country this week to
address a convention of the
National States Rights
Party, "an extremist
right-wing organization
steeped in anti-black and
anti-Jewish bigotry," Mr.
Finger said.
Declaring that Tyndall's
"presence in the United
States would be highly un-
desirable," Finger
suggested that he be denied
entrance as an alien who
will "engage in activities
which would be more preju-
dicial to ,the public inter-
est."

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

U.- Dedicates
Lecture Hall
to Irish Pres.

JERUSALEM — A lec-
ture hall in memory of the
late President of Ireland,
Cearbhall 0' Dalaigh, es-
tablished by the Irish
Friends of the Hebrew Uni-
versity, has been dedicated
at the law school on the uni-
versity's Mount Scopus
campus.

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Progress of U.S. Jews
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By BEN GALLOB

(Copyright 1979, JTA, Inc.)

For a variety of reasons,
the rate of economic pro-
gress of American Jews is
likely to diminish, but they
still remain likely to be
"...close to the top of the eco-
nomic heap" at the start of

Cairo-Tel Aviv
Air Link Near

JERUSALEM (JTA)--
Negotiations over the open-
ing of a direct air route be-
tween Ben Gurion Airport
and Cairo Airport have
reached an "advanced
stage," according to sources
here.
Two companies, TWA and
Olympic, expressed interest
in operating the route. If the
negotiations succeed, there
will be several •regular
flights between the two
countries. The fare is now
estimated at $120 each way.
It was also reported Mon-
day that beginning next
month, the Egyptian news-
papers will be sold in Israel.
The papers will be shipped
through the El Arish border
point, mainly for sale in the
administered territories.

the 21st Century according
to Columbia University
economist, Eli Ginzberg.
. Ginzberg presented that
evaluation in a paper on
"Jews in the. American
Economy," published by the
American Jewish Commit-
tee.
He predicted that, in the
future, the relative rate of
progress of Jews will be
slower, one reason being
that "other ethnic and ra-
cial groups are likely to
move faster."
Ginzberg also said that
Jews are "poorly located
when it comes to the spatial
aspects" of future economic
development, presumably a
reference to the sunbelt
boom.

Correction

The photograph appear-
ing in last week's Jewish
News with the article an-
nouncing the election of
Rabbi Arthur J. Lelyveld as
president of the Synagogue
Council of America was that
of Dr. Gerson Cohen, chan-
cellor of the Jewish
Theological Seminary of
America. The Jewish News
regrets the error.

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