Anti-Semitic upsurge reported

The Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith says the US is seeing a "revitalization" of anti-Semitism that has been dormant for decades. A task force convened by the league blamed the economic downturn, higher oil prices, US foreign policy, and Arab propaganda for the surge in violence against Jews and Jewish institutions.

"There's a significant amount of anti-Semitism buried in American culture -- this represents only the tip of the iceberg," said Melvin Tumin, the task force chairman. "Some of it is breaking out into the open now."

The 25-member task force of educators, law-enforcement officials, and government representatives convened a week after a national audit by the league which reported that anti-Semitic incidents in 1979 almost tripled over 1978. Mr. Tumin said the task force hopes to form a national coalition with blacks and Hispanics to educate communities to the dang ers of intolerance.

We want to hear, did we miss an angle we should have covered? Should we come back to this topic? Or just give us a rating for this story. We want to hear from you.