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February 12, 1988 - Image 5

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1988-02-12

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Two Swastikas Sprayed
On B'nai Moshe, UHS Bus

Associate Editor


mall black swastikas were
spraypainted last week on the
entrance of Cong. B'nai Moshe
and a United Hebrew Schools bus
parked at the nearby Jimmy Prentis
Morris Building of the Jewish Com-
munity Center.
Anti-Defamation League officials
believe the two incidents may be the
first "signature" event of a small neo-
Nazi "skinheads" organization in the
Detroit area.
The two daubings were discovered
Wednesday morning, Feb. 3. Oak Park
police Sgt. James Babbish said there
have been no similar acts of van-
dalism against Jewish institutions in
Oak Park in recent months. "We have
checked with all the synagogues since
then;' Sgt. Babbish said, "and there
have been no other reports."
Police have no suspects in the
B'nai Moshe's Rabbi Allan
Meyerowitz said the paint was easily
removed from the stone adjacent to
the door by maintenance personnel
using turpentine. Irma Starr, director
of the Morris Building of the JCC,
said the driver of the UHS bus
discovered the swastika, covered it
with cardboard while picking up
senior citizens for the JCC, and show-
ed the swastika to Oak Park police
after completing her run. The driver
then "scraped it off with steel wool,
soap and water;' Starr said.
The small black swastika painted
on the parking lot doorway at B'nai
Moshe had the word "Skins" painted
under it. Skinheads — punk rock
followers with shaved heads — have

been blamed for several anti-Semitic
incidents in the U.S. in the past year,
including smashing windows at 12
stores in Chicago in November on the
anniversary of the 1938 Kristallnacht
in Nazi Germany.
Only a small percentage of
skinheads are neo-Nazis, said Richard
Lobenthal, Michigan Region director
of the Anti-Defamation League of
B'nai B'rith. "If you're talking Nazis
in Detroit, you mean the SS Action
Group, and you're talking fewer than
20 people in Detroit. If you're talking
neo-Nazi skinheads, then you are
referring to DASH — Detroit Area

Relig ious News Service


Skin Heads — with the same number
or fewer persons;' Lobenthal said.

DASH, he said, has been organiz-
ed for a year, and is active with other
neo-Nazi and white supremacist
groups. DASH members attend
weekend rallies at the farm of na-
tional white supremacist leader
Robert Miles near Howell, and often
serve as Miles' security officers.
Police officials believe that high
school skinheads may have been
responsible for vandalism at the Beth
Jacob girls' yeshivah near 14 Mile
and Lahser last year, Lobenthal said.
No arrests were made in that
"With the high school kids, it
seems to be just a fad;' Lobenthal ex-
plained. Older skinheads, usually up
to age 22, seem to get more involved
with the neo-Nazis. According to one
report, a Taylor, Mich. resident who
serves as an area mentor for
skinheads is a member of the
American Nazi Party.
Lobenthal expects an increase in

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The Jewish Political Caucus outside the ABC building in New York protested one-sided press
coverage of

Shaarey Zedek's Teachers
To Vote On New Contract

Staff report

eachers in Cong. Shaarey
Zedek's Hebrew school were
expected to vote this week on
a new contract.
The Hebrew teachers and the
teachers in Shaarey Zedek's Beth
Hayeled nursery school have been
working without contracts since
September. They were forced to take
a ten percent pay cut and decreases
in insurance benefits after their old
contracts expired.
Rena Weintraub, head of the
nursery school bargaining unit, said
last week that the teachers had only


met once with the bargaining team
"and nothing was decided on at all?'
Beth Dzodin is head of the Hebrew
teachers' unit.
But on Monday, attorneys for
Shaarey Zedek met with John
Schlosser, the teachers' represen-
tative with the Michigan Education
Association. They presented a con-
tract proposal for the Hebrew
teachers, and Schlosser expected a
similar proposal for the Beth Hayel-
ed teachers.
"Our goal now;' Schlosser said,
"is to get the teachers' reaction to this
proposal" within the week. Schlosser
declined to specify the details of the
contract proposal.


Labor Party
Sets New Rules

Tel Aviv (JTA) — The Labor
Party has set new rules that
will move it away from the
"smoke-filled room" style of
selecting candidates for elec-
tion to Knesset.
Instead of closed caucuses
by the party's bosses, Labor's
executive committee approv-
ed Sunday a plan whereby 29
names will be chosen by
secret ballot among the
1,100-member central corn-
mittee, and 23 other names
will be selected by the party's
various sections and
Under the new rules, the 29
selected by the central corn-
mittee must include at least

five women, two represen-
tatives of the party's youth
movement and one each from
poor neighborhoods, from the
Arab population and from the
Druze community.

Welcome After
2,500 Years

Nebuchadnezzar's reap-
pearance in Jerusalem 2,500
years after his forces
destroyed the First Temple
will be one of the highlights
of the celebration of Israel's
40th anniversary, according
to the man organizing the
"I wanted the best;' im-
presario Michael Ecker,told a
recent news conference in

Milan. Ecker is head of
Operas on Original Sites,
Vienna, the company that is
arranging an all-star produc-
tion of Guiseppe Verdi's opera
Nabucco (Italian for Nebu-

chadnezzar) at the Sultan's
Pool in Jerusalem in May.

Flier Hits Jews

An Oakland University stu-
dent has found an anti-
Jewish, anti-abortion flier on
a campus library bulletin
The eight-page newsletter,
published by Human Life In-
ternational of Gaithersburg,
Md., devotes five pages to
"Pro Abortion Jews and the
New Holocaust." The newslet-

ter is signed by "Your pro-life
missionary, Rev. Paul Marx."
Human Life International
describes itself as opposed to
abortion, contraception and
any kind of "anti-life evils"
and "planned parenthood
The Campus Information
Office at Oakland said alt
fliers posted at the universi-
ty must be approved. The HLI
flier was not approved, nor
has the university received
any complaints about similar
fliers on campus.
The Jewish Community
Council of Metropolitan
Detroit received a complaint
about a similar HLI flier last
fall, which was found at an in-
formation desk at Duns
Scotus seminary in

Langer Equates
Israel, Nazis

Bonn (JTA) — A Jewish
member of Israel's Com-
munist Party told West Ger-
man radio and television au-
diences last week that
Israelis are treating Palesti-
nians the way Nazis treated
The remarks of Felicia
Langer, a lawyer wrio
specializes in defending
Arabs charged with security
offenses, were music to the
ears of many West Germans.
Langer came to West Ger-
many to receive an award for
her work on behalf of Palesti-
nian detainees.
Her trip was sponsored
largely by communist groups.



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