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January 12, 1990 - Image 13

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1990-01-12

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The report cautions that it
is necessary to reverse the
past's "simplistic view that
hate violence is merely a
crime problem," and embark
on "the more difficult task of
counteracting the message
of hatred spread by white
The study indicates that
skinheads and other racist
groups are strengthened by
their new, easy access to
mass media, such as cable
Extremist groups have
also had success inside
prisons, where new hate-
filled groups have burgeon-
ed, even as the traditional
Ku Klux Klan has waned,
the report says.
The exhaustive report, in-
cluding chilling descriptions
of paramilitary training and
assaults, identified 230
organized hate groups in the
country, including
skinheads, various Klan fac-
tions, assorted neo-Nazis,
the Christian Identity
movement and the Posse
Only Alaska, Hawaii, the

Dakotas and New Hamp-
shire have no publicly
known groups, according to
a map that pinpoints racist
group activity throughout
the United States.
The West Coast, from
Southern California to the
northernmost part of
Washington, abounds most
in concentration of hate
Pennsylvania, according to
the report, has seen a recent
growth of the Klan, which
has dwindled in membership
in the South.
The center released its
study Dec. 19, a day after the
Justice Department said
that they believed white
supremacists were responsi-
ble for a wave of package
bombs sent to judges who
ruled in favor of integration,
to courthouses and to the of-
fices of the National
Association for the Ad-
vancement of Colored Peo-
Klanwatch believes,
however, that the timing of
the report and bombings was
"coincidental." ❑

'My Son, The E. German
Communist Party Chief'

East Berlin (JPFS) — "As a
father, I say, does the poor
lad really understand what
kind of a difficult task he is
taking upon himself?" said
Dr. Klaus Gysi, the father of
Dr. Gregor Gysi, newly
elected leader of the Com-
munist Party of the German
Democratic Republic.
In an interview with the
Jerusalem Post, Klaus Gysi,
77, a minister of culture and
religious affairs until a year
ago, and an almost 60-year
veteran of the Communist
Party, said that he thinks
the election of his son was
excellent for the party.
"My son in a way
resembles Mikhail Gor-
bachev. He is a man who
doesn't like acclamations
and doesn't show his feelings
in public.
"When they announced
the result and my son was
elected, all the members of
the party congress were
standing and appaauding
but he sat there looking to
the side, closing one button
in his jacket, and just thank-
ed the people by nodding at
them. "
Gysi said he believed that
as party leader his son would
not be one to cling to power
obstinately. "Changing
leadership is the way it is
done in the U.S., France and
other countries," he said,

"and that is the way it will
be done now. It is a com-
pletely new period for us."
"My son has a Jewish
background," Dr. Gysi con-
tinued. "His mother's father
was half-Jewish and my
grandmother was Jewish of
Sephardi origin. I did not
have strong relations with
my Jewish relatives since
the 1930s, but I think it
wouldn't be too wise to stress
the Jewish background of
my son with the present at-
mosphere here. Sometimes,
anti-socialism can easily
turn into anti-Semitism."

Police Nab
Kidnapping Ring

Tel Aviv (JTA) — Police
have arrested four suspected
members of a not-for-profit
kidnapping ring in the ultra-
Orthodox township of Bnei
The group, which calls
itself Yad l'Achim (Helping
Hand to Brothers), allegedly
snatched babies from non-
religious foster parents in
Israel and smuggled them
into the United States for
adoption by Orthodox
They took no money for the
service, which they said had
religious motivations.

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