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June 16, 1989 - Image 121

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1989-06-16

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SHOES

Louisiana Legislator
Distributes Mein Kampf

Baton Rouge, La. (JTA) —
David Duke, the former grand
wizard of the Ku Klux Klan
who was elected to the Loui-
siana state legislature in
February, has been accused of
selling and circulating anti-
Semitic literature from his
legislative office in Metairie,
La.
The charges were brought
by Elizabeth Rickey, a New
Orleans member of the
Republican State Central
Committee, the Baton Rouge
Morning Advocate reported
last week.
Duke confirmed that the
books and pamphlets were
distributed from the office,
which also serves as the office
of the National Association
for the Advancement of White
People, which he heads.
He said the material was
distributed by NAAWP
employees, not by his
legislative assistants, and
that the practice has ended.
Rickey charged that "the
fact that Duke continues to

distribute Nazi literature
through his legislative office
is proof that Nazism is not in
his past but in his present.
Any claims to the contrary
are fraudulent and mis-
leading."
items
the
Among
distributed from the office
were Hitler's Mein Kampf; —
Did Six Million Really Die?
The Truth At Last, which
claims the Holocaust never oc-
curred; The Turner Diaries, a
novel about violence against
Jews and non-whites; and Im-
perium, which Rickey said
argues for the preservation of
Western culture through
Nazi-style racist policies.

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Duke denied the materials
is a reflection of his
philosophy.
Asked about selling anti-
Semitic audio tapes claiming
the Holocaust was a hoax, he
said he has stopped "any sort
of controversial stuff, because
that stuff is not part of my
agenda. That's my past."

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Increased Emigration
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New York (JTA) — Un-
precedented opportunities
and daunting challenges face
the Jewish Agency for Israel
this year, as the Soviet Union
allows record numbers of Jews
to emigrate.
Jewish Agency officials are
calling 1989 their "year of
judgment," and have been
bringing that sense of urgen-
cy to briefing sessions for
American Jews who will be
voting delegates to the
Jewish Agency Assembly,
which convenes in Jerusalem
from June 25 to 29.
The major obstacle to the
Jewish Agency's aspirations
is a budget that has dropped
to $360 million in 1989-90,
down from $388 million in
1988-89. These cuts will limit
the services available to
Soviet olim.
With the new Soviet im-
migrants to Israel its top
priority, the Jewish Agency
has increased its funds for
aliyah and absorption,
despite the budget crunch.
The allocation has come at
the sacrifice of programs for
rural development and
Jewish education.
The Jewish Agency was to
have been freed of primary
responsibility for absorbing
new immigrants. Last
November, the agency agreed
with the Israeli government

to hand over absorption
responsibilities. The govern-
ment was to have closed down
the bulk of the centers,
replacing them with apart-
ment housing, in what is
known as "direct absorption."
But Jewish Agency officials
are now seriously reconsider-
ing the agreement, saying the
government has not
demonstrated it is capable of
housing immigrants.

Intifada Death
Total Varies

Tel Aviv (JTA) — At least
502 Palestinians have been
killed from the time their
uprising began on Dec. 9,
1987, through the end of last
week, according to figures
provided by the United Na-
tions Relief and Works Agen-
cy for Palestinian Arab
Refugees and foreign news
agencies.
Those figures vary from
Israel Defense Force
statistics, which put the
Palestinian dead at 475 in the
According to the IDF, more
than 40 were slain by fellow-
Palestinians for allegedly col-
laborating with Israeli.
Unofficial statistics put the
number of Jews killed in
intifada-related incidents at
20.

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