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January 16, 1981 - Image 20

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1981-01-16

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20 Friday, January 16, 1%1

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

ADL Task Force Is Studying Vandalism

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NEW YORK (JTA) —
The sharp increase in anti-
Semitic incidents in
America in the last year is
due to a variety of domestic
and international develop-
ments, according to the
Task Force on Anti-Semitic
Vandalism, convened by the
Anti-Defamation League of
Bnai Brith and made up of
psychiatrists, social scien-
tists, educators, law
enforcement officials and
government representa-
tives from six states and the
District of Columbia.
Dr. Melvin Tumin of
Princeton University,
speaking at a press confer-
ence at the end of a two-day
closed session of the task
force, said that recent anti-
Semitic incidents are the
"tip of the iceberg." He said
that the "dormant anti-
Semitism in American
society" is surfacing.
He observed that the
25-member task force saw a
connection between the
emergence of right-wing
groups in America, such as
the American Nazi Party
and the Ku Klux Klan, the

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growing economic difficul-
ties and the resurgence of
anti-Semitism.
as
serve
"Jews
scapegoats" for the frustra-
tion and bitterness over the
increased price of oil and in-
flation, Tumin said. He also
said that anti-Israel and
anti-Jewish propaganda by
the Arabs and UN resolu-
tions such as Zionism
equals racism also contrib-
uted to anti-Semitism.

Theodore Freedman,
director of ADL's pro-

gram division, said that
among recommendations
suggested by the task
force was to seek the cre-
ation of a coalition of all
minority groups in
America to combat ra-
cism and anti-Semitism.
The ADL, he added, also
plans to seek meetings with
representatives of the
media to urge them to re-
port on anti-Semitic inci-
dents with the "right
perspective" and do more
reporting on the apprehen-
sion of the vandals who
commit anti-Semitic acts.
The task force was con-
vened by ADL after its 1980
audit of anti-Semitic
episodes revealed a sharp
increase over 1979. More
than two-thirds of the inci-
dents occurred in the
Northeast, led by New York
and New Jersey.
In attempting to draw a
profile of those responsible
for the 377 recorded in-
stances of vandalism, as-
sault or harassment against
Jews, the panel concluded
on the basis of those ar-
rested that most were com-
mitted -by teenagers, and
that all socio-economic
groups were represented.
According to Dr. Tu-
min, the task force's call
for harsher penalties
demands "more firm and
more outraged denuncia-
tions and a requirement
for restitution to make it
costly. This will de-
heroize the teen-agers re-
sponsible."
He said that while in
some cases young vandals
may be seeking to release
personal frustration com-
mon to adolescence, the
anti-Semitic nature of the
acts can be attributed to
"the transmission belts
coming from families and
other institutions where re-
sentment of Jews is ex-
pressed."
In fact, he said, the rise of

anti-Semitic incidents may
be just a "tip of an iceberg,"
stating that these could be
an expression of "a perva-
sive and deep-rooted anti-
Semitism which has lain
dormant for the past 20-30
years."
perpet-
Teen-aged
rators of anti-Semitic
vandalism should be
"de-glamorized and
given stiffer penalties, he
said, adding that judges
are not sufficiently se-
vere in meting out
punishment in such
cases. He said sentences
calling for. "essays on
brotherhood and democ-
racy" were too light and
instead suggested finan-
cial restitution to the vic-
tims.
"Anti-Semitic behavior
should be de-glamorized. It
should not represent some-

thing for which a kid gets
media attention and
prestige among his peer
group," Dr. Tumin said.

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