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December 24, 1982 - Image 41

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1982-12-24

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Hillel Foundations on Three Michigan
Campuses Are Countering Anti-lsraelism

Campus efforts to counter
Arab propaganda and to
distribute factual informa-
tion on Israel have borne
fruit, thanks to the Hillel
Foundations at the three

SHIRLEY SITNER

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major univerities in Michi-
gan.
In an update to the
Jewish Welfare Federation,
which funds the three Hillel
operations, Hillel directors
at the University of Michi-
gan, Michigan State Uni-
versity and Wayne State
University report that since
the Lebanon crisis, most
anti-Israel work by Arab
students and their suppor-
ters has subsided.
While activity has esca-
lated at one of the campuses
(WSU), it has stabilized at
Ann Arbor and died down,
after some initial problems,
at MSU.
Even at WSU, which
has had the biggest prob-
lem with anti-Israel ac-
tions, the Arab students
on campus have no
united front, and so over-
all support for their ac-
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factions have engaged in
a propaganda "war" with
the Jewish students.
Materials have included
photographs, flyers and,
most recently, anti-Israel
bumper stickers placed
on walls and kiosks
around campus.
"They put up their
bumper stickers," said
Hillel Director Rabbi Eli
Finkelman, "and we put up
ours."
Marc Prussian, vice
president of the Students for
Israel group at WSU, noted
that since the Arab student
groups are splintered
"they're joining with the
Young Workers Liberation
League (youth group of the
Communist Party of the
U.S.) in order to have a more
cohesive front."
Rabbi Finkelman added
that the groups are so
widely scattered in ideals
that it's difficult to keep
track of who's on which side.
At U-M, some Lebanese
Christians have aligned
with the Jewish students
in pro-Israel activities,
while the anti-Israel
forces "have imported
Arabs from the Detroit
area to make their rallies
appear larger," said
Hillel Director Michael
Brooks.
Immediately following
the Phalangist massacre of
Palestinian refugees in
Lebanon, several protest
demonstrations against Is-
rael, including a vigil in Oc-
tober, took place on the
MSU campus. No other
major events have occurred
since. Alan Iser, MSU Hillel
director, feels that demon-
strations can be counter-
productive, especially if vio-
lence breaks out.
. "Personally," Iser said,
"I'm surprised by the lack of
incidents since October."
To demonstrate unity,
Hillel students are joining
with other groups like the
Union of Students for Israel
(USI) at U-M and Students
for Israel at WSU.
Recent efforts at WSU
included an attempt to
bring the Jewish and
Arab students together to
discuss Middle East
peace. The three Arab
students who showed up
backed out of the meeting
before it began.
Israel's friends at MSU
far outnumber the Arab
groups, and U-M's Union of
Students for Israel main-
tains a regular information
table on campus.
Monitoring campus ac-
tivities is one way for the
Jewish students to keep on
top of the situation. USI
members have been watch-
ing for and responding to
anti-Israel media coverage.
In addition, they have been
attending
regularly
presentations
speaker
sponsored by the Arab stu-
dents.
"Sometimes," Brooks
said, "they're the only ones
who show up."
The Bnai Brith and the
Jewish Welfare Federa-
tion in Detroit have been

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kept informed of the
campus situations by all
three directors in reports
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