SERVING DETROIT'S JEWISH COMMUNITY
THIS ISSUE 50c
Two area teens, pursuing politics,
reflect America's democratic
(and Republican) traditions
JULY 4, 1986 / 27 SIVAN 5746
Shin Bet Scandal
Peres favors, Likud opposes investigation of Israeli
security service in murder of two Arab terrorists
Jerusalem (JTA) — Premier Shi-
mon Peres told a packed Knesset Mon-
day evening that he is prepared to face
"a judicial inquiry or any other (kind
of) inquiry" into political responsibil-
ity for the scandal surrounding Shin
Bet and its former chief, Avraham
The Premier made clear that he
wanted a probe limited to the political
levels, not the operational levels of
Shin Bet, Israel's internal security and
counter-espionage services. Peres'
statement opened a full scale debate in
the Knesset on whether an investiga-
tion should be launched into allega-
tions that Shalom engineered an
elaborate coverup of the unexplained
deaths of two captured Arab bus hijac-
kers in custody of security agents in
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ADL Sees Summer
Vandalism Upswing .
Kids on vacation are blamed for the rise in swastikas
and hate-graffiti in the Detroit metropolitan area
Emily Jampel and Debbie Schlussel
A rash of anti-Semitic vandalism
in the Detroit area has led the Anti-
Defamation league of B'nai B'rith to
issue a summer alert.
This year seems to be worse than
others," said Richard Lobenthal, di-
rector of ADL's Michigan regional
office. "We've had seven or eight com-
plaints over the last month as com-
pared to the average one or two."
While the number of incidents is
relatively low, said Lobenthal, it was
noticeable enough for me to want to
say, Watch out.' " Lobenthal added
that he knew of no reason for the upsw-
ing in anti-Semitic graffiti and swas-
tika daubings which he termed "petty
vandalism from the property damage
point of view."
"Whether you want to call them
isolated acts or organized anti-
Semitism, I would characterize it as
closer to the latter," said Stuart
Lockman, president of the ADL's
Michigan Board. He explained that
most acts of vandalism are the
"pranks" of kids on vacation looking
for something to do. As the kids' atti-
tude reflects the home environment, I
think it is a cause for concern."
According to Lockman, since local
police departments treat the-incidents
with varying degrees of seriousness,
and often don't pool their information,
they can't or don't see connections
when they exist.
"While we don't go out catching
crooks, we frequently do know of pat-
terns, of similar markings or spel-
lings," he went on to say.
"We're not trying to cause a
panic," Lobenthal cautioned. "We're
just trying to-turn people on to report-
ing the incidents. If we have that in-
formation, we can go to the police and
say, `It's not as isolated as you want to
treat it.' "
The phone number of the local
ADL office is 355-3730.