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i I " June 30, 1989--UJF--9 Supremacist David Dllke attends Holocaust exhibit Avowed white supremacist David Duke was in attendance at the recent opening of the Simon Wiesenthal Center's Holo- caust exhibit, "The Courage to Remember," at Louisiana's State Capitol Rotunda in Baton Rouge. Duke is a former leader of the Ku Klux Klan and sold audio tapes on which he dis- cussed the "Holocaust Myth" until his election to the Louisi- ana House of Representatives earlier this year. hibit to be "Courage to Remem- ber" Days. He reportedly continues to sell such infamous publications as Hitler's Mein Kampf and the Revisionist work, Did Six Mil- lion Really Die ? from his legis- lative office. He also now heads The National Association for the Advancement of White Peo- ple, a group he formed in 1980. "The Courage to Remember" is a 40-panel exhibition on the Holocaust. Following Duke's election to public Office, the Cen- ter has been providing Louisi- ana governor Honorable Buddy Roemer and his staff with edu- cational materials on the Holo- caust and has donated the ex- hibit in poster format to the State of Louisiana. The exhibit was co-sponsored by Louisiana State University, Louisiana Pub- lic Broadcasting and the Loui- siana Endowment for the Hu- manities. At the opening, Governor " Reemer remarked, "It's been said before, but it bears repeat- ing; we remember so that we don't forget.., the extent that this exhibit helps us remember, it's valuable to every person in the State." The Governor pro- "claimed June6 and each day following in the tour of the ex- Board of Rabbis elect new slate New officers of the Tidewater Board of Rabbis are as follows: Rabbi Israel Zoberman, pre- sident; Rabbi Stuart Altshuler, first vice president; Rabbi Robert Feinberg, second vice president; Rabbi Ephraim Slepoy, treasurer and Rabbi Mark Golub, secretary. The new slate was elected June 20. ' IN APPRECIATION My warmest thanks and appre- ciation to my many friends in the community for their good wishes and donations for my recovery during my recent ill- ness. Bet Luftreiber Three hundred guests, includ- ing 50 Holocaust survivors from New Orleans, attended the ex- hibit's opening ceremonies on Tuesday, June 6. At one point in the program, Duke was con- fronted by one survivor while he walked through the exhibit. The woman asked Duke, "I understand you said this never happened..." The woman ask- ed Duke the question again and then witnesses say, she shoved Duke away. Duke did not reap- pear after the incident. In her remarks, Rhonda Barad, director, Simon Wiesen- thal Center-Eastern Region, cited the twofold message of the Disputes with Jewish students exhibit: a tribute and a warn- ing. A tribute to the millions who perished under the Nazis and a warning that the root causes of the Holocaust persist. "It is very important for the people of Louisiana to be made aware of issues that an indi- vidual who has been elected to the State Legislature said never happened," Barad said. When you need CUSTOM JEWELRY DESIGN CERTIFIED APPRAISALS DIAMONDS RECUT UNUSUAL GEMSTONES FINE CULTURED PEARLS UNIQUE JEWELRY ANTIQUE RESTORATION Allen Copping, president, Lou- isiana State University, stressed the value of education. "Each new generation needs to know how it happened and why. After all, that is what education is all-: ....... about.., it is the only frontline of defense against ignorance, fear, apathy, economic unrest, vicious intolerance and blatant lies that fed the Holocaust. SUNY begins proceedings to dismiss professors BINGHAM'IN, N.Y. (JTA)-- The State University of New York has begun proceedings to dismiss two tenured faculty members who have been em- broiled in disputes with Jewish students, according to the The Reporter, the newspaper of the Jewish Federation of Broome County. Professor Khalil Semaan and Associate Professor Sid Thomas have both appealed the deci- sion, a process which could take a year or more to complete. They will, however, continue to teach at the university until their appeals are finished. Thomas' dismissal stems from charges by two students, Dan Newman and Jeff Weinstein, that the associate philosophy professor announced in class that "the Jews deserve to get it in the nose." His remarks came after the Jewish Student Union's office was vandalized last November, on the anniversary of Kristall- nacht. The students claim that Tho. mas engaged on a long tirade denouncing the Jews for, among other things, helping to bring George Bush into office and for always "crying" about the Holo- caust. He said that he condoned the CC/wgCkJJ. 11491EIUOg -- EXTERIOR (s.) 467-4070 (Home) 467-9508 FREE E311MATES tLicew',# by City ond 5rcxe) JEWELRY DUPLICATION FANCY DIAMONDS UNUSUAL BEADS EXPERT WATCH REPAIR PEARL & BEAD RESTRINGING QUALITY JEWELRY REPAIR IMPORTANT DIAMONDS You Need A PROFESSIONAL JEWELER You Need DESIGNEI APPRAISERS GOLDSMITHS Southern Shopping Ctr. Loehmann "s Plaza Churohland actions of the vandals because theJews had continually ripped Palestinian literature from the door of a Palestinian professor at the school. The university began to in- vestigate the complaints of the students when Thomas expelled them from his class because they had refused to apologize to him or withdraw their com- plaints. The university declined to comment about the charges which led to the dismissal of the professors, stating that it was a confidential personnel matter and could not be discussed with outside sources. However, Wilbur Corprew, associate registrar and president of the campus chapter of Uni- ted University Professions, the union representing faculty mem- bers, said that the expulsion of the two students from class represents two of the charges against Thomas. The other charge, according to Corprew, was that Thomas threatened the editor of the Binghamton Times, a student- run newspaper. Corprew said that he read the letter Thomas wrote the editor and did not find it threatening. "I don't think the charges merit dismissal, even if true. But our first response is that we don't think the charges are true," said Corprew. "Generally, the only thing that will get a tenured professor (dismissed) is an immoral act or insubordina- tion and nothing in these two cases fits that bill." Semaan, a professor of clas- sical and Near Eastern studies, has been a controversial figure on campus, and has had sev- eral disputes with Jewish facul- ty members and students over his charges "Zionist brainwash- ing" by instructors. It is not known, however, if these dis- putes have any bearing on his dismissal. But Semaan has also com- plained the "racists" have re- moved Arabic studies informa- tion from bulletin boards. The letter sent to Semaan listed only one reason for his dismissal. It claimed that in a Feb. 6 letter to the university president, he "intentionally mis- quoted several sources in such a way as to misrepresent the orig- inal statements." Semaan said that he is "still in the dark" as to what docu- ments he misquoted, but added that "theJewish-Arab problem has nothing to do with this. It is an administrative blunder." He was expected to retire from the university at the end of the next academic year and is there- fore not concerned about the dismissal. 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