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News Digest


Girl Wearing
Star Attacked

Egypt's Anti-Semitism
Reported Down

Berlin/JTA — A teen-aged girl wear-
ing a Star of David necklace was
attacked in Berlin.
Several other teen-age girls report-
edly attacked the 14-year-old in a
case initially reported to the police on
June 27.
Police spokesman Hansjoerg
Draeger told the JTA that the victim,
who comes from the Ukraine, board-
ed a city bus together with a 13-year-
old friend. Several stops later, four
girls described by witnesses as being
of Turkish or Kurdish appearance got
on board. Two of them began to
curse the 14-year-old, "referring to
her nationality and to her Jewish-
ness," Draeger said. They then hit
and kicked her.
The girl suffered light injuries. Her
friend was not injured. A handful of
similar attacks have occurred in
Germany in recent months.

Cairo/JTA — Anti-Semitism in
Egypt is "diminished but still
potent," according to the Anti-
Defamation League.
Last year, when Egyptian television
aired a drama based on the anti-
Semitic forgery The Protocols of the
Elders of Zion, it sparked an interna-
tional outcry.
The group said that anti-Semitism
in the Egyptian media has declined,
but anti-Semitic canards and carica-
tures still appear in the media and

Buddy Hackett
Dead At 78

New York/JTA — Buddy
Hackett, a Jewish comedi-
an who got his start on the
Borscht Belt circuit, died
overnight June 29 in Los
Angeles at 78.
Hackett was best known for
his rubbery face and his
numerous television appear-
ances in the 1950s and 1960s.
He also starred on Broadway
and in Hollywood films. He
was known for his imitation
of a Chinese waiter and for
poking fun at himself for
being short, fat and Jewish.
Hackett, who was born
Leonard Hacker in Brooklyn,
is survived by his wife, a son
and two daughters.


Berlin/JTA — Germany may expand
a museum at Hitler's former moun-
tain retreat because of overwhelming
tourist interest.
The finance minister in Bavaria
said he would seek additional funding
to build an extension at the site in
Berchtesgaden. As many as 1,500
tourists a day are visiting the site in
southern Germany, officials said.

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Jews Mixed

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Washington/JTA — Jews from
across the denominational spectrum
greeted the Supreme Court's rejec-
tion of prohibitions on gay sex with
mixed emotions.


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Poll Checks
Shul. Attendance

Last week's Jewis h. . corn
poll asked how many times
people would attend synagogue services
this summer.
Of 124 respondents, 7 (5.6 percent)
said they would attend daily; 63 (50.8
percent) said they will attend weekly; 23
(18.5 percent) said less than six times;
and 31 (25 percent) said probably not
until the High Holidays.
Next week's Jewish.corn question: Do
you agree with the Supreme Court decision
to uphold affitinative action by approving
the University of Michigan's law school
admission policy?

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Liberal rabbis embraced the high
court's reversal June 26 of a 17-year-
old decision allowing states to pun-
ish acts such as sodomy, ruling that
homosexuals have a right to privacy.
"It's one step farther out of Egypt
and one step closer to the Promised
Land," said Rabbi Sharon
Kleinbaum of the independent
Congregation Beth Simchat Torah of
New York, one of the country's
largest synagogues for gays and les-
But David Zweibel, executive vice

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