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September 24, 1976 - Image 34

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1976-09-24

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34 Friday, Septingiell /4,4976_

THE. DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Israeli Student Has No Fear
Caricatures of Wearing Skullcap Abroad

*-

RAMAT GAN — If the
Arabs can wear their
traditional keffiyah head
dress proudly when
travelling abroad why
can't the Jew do the same
with the kipa (skullcap)?

This is the question kipa regularly and al-
asked recently of a group though he was
of colleagues by DaVid "cautioned" on several
Altman, former president occasions by colleagues
By
of the Israel National not to "flaunt" his
Student's Union, upon his Jewishness by wearing it
return from a trip abroad when travelling abroad
on behalf of Bar-Ilan he decided to do so any-
University where he pre- way. "I see no reason why
sently serves as Assis- the Arabs should flaunt
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nationality
25 years experience
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everywhere and I should
As a religious Jew hide like the GalutJews of
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The results surprised
vers
ity , Altman wears a not only his colleagues but
him as well. His first ex-
perience was in an Iranian
hotel, where Iranian Jews
with him asked him not to
put on his kipa. "After all,
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look for trouble?" Altman
said: "Just because they
were afraid, I wanted to
prove that there was no
thing to feai-."
Wearing his kipa, he
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walked into the hotel bar,
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followed by his friends, to
buy cigarettes. The or-
chestra stopped what
they were playing and
began "Hava Nagila."
Guests and staff, who
were Jewish and who had
previously not mentioned
- it, began coming over to
Altman and introducing
themselves as Jews.
Altman recalled that
"when I was in London,
after the Entebbe opera-
tion, it was great to walk
around with a kipa. I was
walking in Hyde Park one
day and a taxi driver
stopped, put his head out
the window of his cab and
called in Hebrew, "Kol
hakavod" ("Nice go-
ing")."
On a bus in Scotland,
Altman recalled, his kipa
led to a friendly conversa-
tion with several passen-
gers, one of whom said,
"It's a great honor and
pleasure to have you
among us." In a hotel in
London frequented by
Arabs,. the kipa led to
Amongst the earliest kibbutzim in modem Israel t gas
vely discussions
lively
Petach Ticvah, The Door of Hope.
with the Arabs them-
selves about Israel and
With the coming of the New Year, American Jews hope
the Middle East.
"On the whole," con-
for continued peace at home and an end to the
cluded Altman, "I believe
fighting in Israel. But we must never forget that,
I have more to be proud of
with my kipa than the
in the Soviet Union and in other countries,
Arabs have with their
there remains oppression and very little hope.
,keffiya and therefore I
will certainly make sure
to wear it whenever I'm
During this New Year, we must dedicate ourselves to
abroad, just as I do in Is-
freedom and peace everywhere. And, most important,
rael."

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