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November 13, 1992 - Image 10

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1992-11-13

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Posters in Crown Heights
featuring a photo of Mayor
Dinkins and the words,
"Wanted For Murder," are the
flip side of black-Jewish ha-
tred. We take pride that Jews
don't riot and loot when they
are enraged. They shouldn't
stoop to racism, either.

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William Kunstler successful-
ly defended an Arab man ac-
cused of murdering Rabbi
Meir Kahane by suggesting,
with no shred of evidence,
that the killer could have
been a Jewish critic of Rabbi
Kahane? Somehow the de-
fendant was convicted of us-
ing the murder weapon to
shoot a bystander but was ab-
solved of shooting the militant
Jewish rage should focus on
a system where the testimo-
ny of police is almost dis-
missed outright by inner-city
juries, and on a system that
is meant to provide a jury
made up of one's peers but
does not. (Is it true, as Brook-
lyn District Attorney Charles
Hynes charged, that all of the
Jews in the jury pool asked to
be excused from the case?)

It is ironic that 20 years af-
ter the Council of Jewish Fed-
erations — amidst great
excitement and heady
rhetoric — created the Insti-
tute for Jewish Life to counter
increasing assimilation and
the failures of Jewish educa-
tion, the CJF is devoting a full
day at the annual General As-
sembly this week to Jewish
continuity, dramatizing its
You're not the only one who
has never heard of the Insti-
tute for Jewish Life. It was
doomed to failure almost from
the outset and lasted only five
years, never reaching its goal
of becoming the organized
community's successful re-
sponse to the challenge of
American modernity.
In the meantime, assimila-
tion has grown far worse and
Jewish education is still a los-
ing proposition, albeit with a
few shining exceptions.
Perhaps the organized com-
munity will conclude this
week that generating and
transmitting Jewish identity
and values and heritage does
not come through task forces
and committees or even rais-
ing vast sums of money.
Perhaps, but I doubt it. ❑

Youths Arrested
For Vandalism

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Vienna (JTA) — Five teen-
agers, ages 16 to 18, were ar-
rested by police authorities
in Eisenstadt, following the
desecration of 80 Jewish
graves last week.
One 17-year-old boy con-
fessed to the smearing of a
swastika at a bus station but
denied spraying anti-Semitic
slogans at the Jewish
cemetery. He is being kept
in custody. -
The Austrian interior min-
ister has set up a special
task force to investigate this
desecration. Their findings
seem to prove that this ac-
tion was organized and ex-
ecuted with help from
abroad. The letter found on

location and claiming
responsibility for the smear-
ing shows similar semantics
and misspellings to pam-
phlets found in German Ku
Klux Klan groups.
Inhabitants of Eisentadt,
who were upset about the
desecration, are said to have
given clues to the police
about where to look for the
The Jewish cemetery of
Eisenstadt is to get an
automatic surveillance
A protest against the
desecration, led by Austrian
Chancellor Franz Vranitzky
was organized at the ceme-

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