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November 9, 1986
The authorities and community need to support the plans for an updated facility on the Presbyterian Conference grounds in Temescal Canyon as described in your story Oct. 30, "Breaking Camp: Plans for Change in Temescal Canyon Rock 'Cradle of the Palisades.' " Nature's wonders in the Santa Monica Mountains should be enjoyed by more than hikers. A conference center in the city's own backyard will afford a greater number such opportunities. The Temescal Canyon entrance also limits traffic impact on Pacific Palisades streets.
April 8, 1985
The Times article does not adequately present the position of the Anti-Defamation League. Nicaraguan government spokesman repeatedly assert that they have no policy of anti-Semitism. On the other hand, Nicaraguan Jews insist that anti-Semitism forced them to flee the country, thus creating the dilemma of whom to believe. The dilemma is more apparent than real. We know of no laws in Nicaragua that are aimed specifically at Jews. There may well be no "official" policy of anti-Semitism.
October 27, 1985
John Mack's article on the subject of black/Jewish relations post-Farrakhan rekindles the very embers Mack professes he wishes to douse. Despite his avowed aim of moving "beyond Farrakhan," several of his assertions again stir the pot of inter-group tensions. While there were, of course, legitimate differences on how best to approach the issue of Farrakhan's presence in Los Angeles, the question of Farrakhan's First Amendment rights, which Mack raises, was never at issue. No responsible voice in the Jewish community challenged Farrakhan's right to spew his hate.
September 9, 1986
Jerome Segal's article (Editorial Pages, Aug. 24), "Mideast Policy Is Snagged on Semantics," plays an empty tune we have been hearing for years. Segal would have us believe that fundamental changes have occurred within the Palestine Liberation Organization and it is ready to accept the realities of the 1980s. During the heyday of oil politics in the 1970s when Western diplomacy seemed preoccupied with placating the Arabs, two observations were frequently offered about the Palestine Liberation Organization: 1--The organization was becoming more moderate.
April 23, 1989 | From United Press International
A Jewish newspaper building was firebombed Saturday with a Molotov cocktail that sparked a blaze shattering two barred windows and scorching the structure's facade, police said. Earlier this month, swastikas were spray-painted on the building. Quickly Extinguished Police and fire officials responded to an anonymous call of a fire at the San Diego Jewish Times building shortly after 1 a.m. and discovered the front of the building in flames, an El Cajon police officer said.
June 27, 1987 | LARRY GORDON, Times Staff Writer
Leaders of a Glendale civil rights group were strongly criticized Friday by the city manager and by a challenger within their organization for sponsoring a controversial racial debate which turned into a violent confrontation the night before at the Glendale Central Library. "The fiasco that occurred at the library was disgraceful and one that the organizers should be ashamed of," Glendale City Manager James M. Rez said of the aborted event sponsored by the Glendale Human Relations Council.
April 13, 1989 | MATHIS CHAZANOV, Times Staff Writer
Someone burned a swastika into the lawn of an apartment house near Beverly Hills High School last week. The 7-by-4-foot Nazi symbol, burned in with chemicals, is barely visible from the street, but tenant Harvey Myman said he found it disquieting. "If the (apartment) house was toilet-papered it wouldn't bother me so much," he said. Dr. Wilmore B. Finerman, owner of the eight-unit building on Spalding Drive, said he believes the swastika was etched onto his lawn as a prank.
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