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July 08, 1994 - Image 89

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1994-07-08

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Ben meets Veronique, who
mesmerizes him and announces
she will leave her husband for her
new love. But instead of taking
his chance at happiness, Ben
or more than three years,
beginning in 1969, 10 Is-
raeli prisoners of war were
held prisoner in Egypt.
They were tortured, interrogat-
ed and isolated before being
joined together in a single cell.
There, they created their own
community (one of their major
projects was translating The Hob-
bit into Hebrew) and charted, in


a diary, the issues that affected
their lives.
The story of the men is told in
Seasons of Captivity (New
York University Press) by
Amia Lieblich, of the Lafer
Center for the Study of Women
at the Hebrew University of
Seasons of Captivity, a na-
tional best-seller when it was re-
leased in Israel, also considers
the lives of the prisoners after
they were released in 1973, along
with the experiences of the wives
during and after their husbands'
captivity. O


Hate-Crime Statistics
Demonstrate A Need

Washington (JTA) — Armed
with newly released hate-crime
statistics for 1993, Jewish groups
are prepared to press Congress
and the Clinton administration
to fund educational programs
geared to reducing incidents of
violence motivated by prejudice.
According to preliminary fig-
ures released simultaneously in
Germany by FBI Director Louis
Freeh and at a Senate Judicia-
ry subcommittee on the Consti-
tution, there were 7,684 hate
crimes committed in the United
States last year, including 1,054
incidents targeting Jews.
According to observers, these
figures confirm the need for edu-

1,189 reported incidents based on
religious bias in 1993.
Among other religious groups,
30 anti-Catholic, 25 anti-Protes-
tant and 11 anti-Islamic incidents
were reported by the 6,850 par-
ticipating law enforcement agen-
cies in 46 states and the District
of Columbia.
Congress passed legislation in
1990 requiring the FBI to collect
data on hate crimes.
Based on information from
participating agencies, the FBI
reported 4,558 incidents of hate
crimes in 1991 and 7,442 in 1992.
The majority of reported inci-
dents in 1993 — 62 percent—
were motivated by racial bias.
Eighteen percent were motivat-
ed by religious bias and 12 per-
cent were based on bias against
certain sexual orientations.
Seventy percent of the report-
ed offenses were crimes against
people. These crimes included
murders, rape, aggravated as-
sault and intimidation, which
was the most frequently report-
cational programs to decrease vi- ed hate crime at 35 percent of the
olence by reducing prejudice.
total offenses, according to the re-
In its version of the bill passed port.
three months ago, the House of
Neither Congress nor the FBI
Representatives included mod- can require law enforcement
el programs to combat prejudice agencies around the country to
and hate.
compile the data. This year's
The Senate bill, which was ex- 6,850 respondents cover only 56
pected to pass as early as this percent of the U.S. population.
week, includes similar language.
Of the jurisdictions that sent
Although the House version data, many reported information
does not fund the grant and edu- spanning six months instead of
cation programs, Education Sec- the full year.
retary Richard Riley has voiced
ADL officials say they are plan-
his support for the program and ning to meet with police chiefs
has indicated his department will around the country in an effort
find the resources to award to persuade them to begin re-
grants to local educational and porting or to make more complete
community groups to develop reports of hate crimes to the FBI.
training programs and courses to
fight prejudice.
According to the FBI report,
"Hatikva", the Israeli na-
hate crimes attacking Jews ac-
tional anthem, was written
counted for 89 percent of the
by Naftali Hertz Imber.

The majority of
reported incidents in
1993 were motivated
by racial bias.

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