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July 27, 1990 - Image 32

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1990-07-27

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spect that the Jewish dele-
gation from that state will
be pared down.
So much of the political ac-
tivity in 1990 is really
geared toward shoring up
positions for 1992.
The same holds true in
New York, where none of the
Jewish members of Congress
is seriously threatened in
this year's contests. But
most are waging energetic
campaigns and building up

big war chests. In 1992, it is
expected that the New York
City area will lose several
seats, and that redrawn
boundaries may force head-
to-head battles between Jew-
ish incumbents.
Rep. Chuck Schumer and
Rep. Stephen Solarz, both
popular Democrats who will
win easily this November,
are raising money against
the possibility of a forced
showdown in 1992.



Italian Leaders Issue
Anti-Semitism Warning

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FRIDAY, JULY 27, 1990

Rome (JTA) — Italy's
highest political leaders
have issued a stern warning
against the rise of anti-
Semitism and have voiced
strong support for measures
aimed at combatting it.
"A black thread runs
through Europe," Nilde
Jotti, the president of the
Chamber of Deputies, told a
conference on anti- Semitism
in Italy and Europe last
week.
"It is the trace of racial
hatred against the Jews,
which we believed was ex-
tinct but which instead we
once again find has come to
the fore," she said.
Jotti was among a panel of
senior government officials
and Christian and Jewish
leaders who took part in the
conference, which was
organized by the Italian
chapter of the International
Association of Jewish
Lawyers and held in a
meeting hall of the Parlia-
ment building.
Other speakers included
Giovanni Spadolini, presi-
dent of the Senate; Justice
Minister Giuliano Vassalli;
Elio Toaff, the chief rabbi of
Rome; and Monsignor Pietro
Rosano, rector of Lateran
Pontifical University.
President Francesco
Cossiga, who lent his per-
sonal support to the con-
ference, was among the nu-
merous other politicians,
jurists and representatives
of other fields who attended.
"It was an extremely suc-
cessful initiative. I didn't
imagine the response would
be so great," Rome lawyer
Oreste Bisazza Terracini,
the meeting's organizer, said
in a subsequent interview.
Terracini, president of. the
Rome branch of the Interna-
tional Association of Jewish
Lawyers, said he began
working on such a meeting
in the wake of the desecra-

tion May 10 of the Jewish
cemetery in Carpentras,
France. He said he found
immediate support from
Cossiga and others.
"The response to our in-
itiative by the highest
leaders of the state comforts
us and prompts us to
believe" that attention will
be paid to "carrying out con-
crete measures in the sphere
of information and educa-
tion" to combat anti-
Semitism, Terracini said in
his opening address to the
meeting.
He then enumerated the
roots of anti-Semitism in
three sources: Catholic
teachings up until the con-
vening of Vatican Council II
some 25 years ago and the
promulgation of the Nostra
Aetate decree, followed a
score of years later by the
historic visit in 1986 of Pope
John Paul II to the Rome
synagogue; secular racist
laws throughout Europe and
the enforced segregation of
Jews from the rest of society,
which gave rise to pogroms;
and, ultimately, the Nazi
Holocaust.
Terracini also spoke of
more recent causes coming
from the Middle East, in
which anti-Zionism has
become synonymous with
anti-Semitism. Anti-Semitic
graffiti and remarks became
rather common following the
outbreak of the intifada in
December 1987.
This last development, he
said, has impinged on parts
of Italy's political left,
"which until not long ago
was almost totally free of an-
ti-Jewish prejudice."
Vassalli, the minister of
justice, emphasized that the
Jewish community "formed
part of the Italian nation,"
noting that Israel's policy
toward the Palestinian
uprising "and the harshness
of military occupation" con-

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