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The Detroit Jewish News, 1983-05-06

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Arabs what they want.
"U.S. policy must be to
work with Israel and not
against her. We must have
consultations and mutual
trust. The present Ameri-
can policy only tells our al-
lies that we will renege on
our pledges to them when it
is convenient for us."
Blanchard asked the
audience to become more
active in their support for
Isarel by voicing their sup-
port for the $2.5 billion U.S.
aid package for Israel now
being studied by Congress;
by opposing any U.S. arms
sales to Jordan; and by
"standing by Israel's objec-
tives for entering Lebanon
in the first place — to elimi-
nate the PLO threat."
He said the Palestine
Liberation Organization
has "an institutional need
fot conflict, hatred and war.
Peace would eliminate the
Saying that vigilance is
the only safe foundation
for a "solid, secure, inde-
pendent Israel," Blan-
chard said that aware,
mess was needed not only
by the Jewish commu-
nity, but by the American
political, business, labor
and other communities
as well.
"This is not just a Jewish
question. The threat to Is-
rael's right to exist is a
threat to all mankind. If we
waver in our support for
democracy because one of
our sister democracies is an
island in a sea of hatred,
then we have flunked one of
the major tests of democ-
racy," Blanchard said.
He pledged to continue
his personal support for Is-
rael and pledged "to see the
day when my children will
attend a similar event

celebrating the indepen-
dent state of Israel."
During the program in
the gym, a resolution of the
Michigan Legislature hon-
oring Israel's 35th anniver-
sary was presented by State
Rep. Maxine Berman and
State Sen. Jack Faxon. Can-
tor Samuel Greenbaum led
the singing of the national
anthems and Rabbi Efry
Spectre gave the invocation.

Israel Independence Day
Committee associate
chairman Rosalie Dean in-
troduced Blanchard, and
chairman Michael
Feldman, in his brief re-
marks, implored the audi-
ence to become more active
in its support for Israel. He
suggested that individuals
visit the organizational
booths in the Center lobby
and to become active "in the
creatiio survival of Israel."

Thousands Join
in Day's Events

Television crews esti-
mated attendance at the Is-
rael Independence Day ac-
tivities at 3,000. The huge.
crowd visited the booths of
Jewish organizations on
"Allenby Street" in the Cen-
ter lobby and visited food
booths in Shiffmaii Hall's
"Ben-Yehuda Street." .
Following Blanchard's
speech, the Galai HaRuach
dancers performed and Is-
raeli singer and songwriter
Naomi Shemer entertained.
Hundreds participated in
the parade around the out-
side of the Center. The
Junior Division of the
Jewish Welfare Federation
won first prize in the adult
division for having the best
float. Women's American
ORT placed second. In the
youth division, Hillel Day

School won first prize and by 10 vehicles.
Bnai David youth placed
* * *
Student Contest
Organizations which par-
Winners Told
ticipated in the parade, or
Two contests were held
had booths or displays at the for students, who were
Center included:
asked to create posters or
Children of the Holocaust Asso-
write essays on the theme of
ciation in Michigan (CHAIM),
the day: "Hava Nagila —
the Jewish Community Center,
Let Us .Be Joyful."
Farmer Jack Supermarkets,
Winners in the Temmy
Aaron Rubenstein Jewelry,
Cong. Shaarey Zedek youth, Is-
Skully Essay . Contest were
rael Coins and Stamps, Natanya
Danny Plotnick, first place;-
Diamond Factory, the Israeli
Nickie Troute, second place;
Community of Greater Detroit,
Johnathon Goldberg, third
Jewel Kosher Caterers, the
Jewish Association for Retarded
place; and Peter May,
Citizens, Keter Publishing, Adat
Michelle Meskin, Laura
Shalom Synagogue and its
Schwartz, Marc Weiss and
United Hebrew School branch,


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WASHINGTON (JTA) — Menahem Begin is not
Meron Benvenisti, who was the villain," since the pol-
the municipal adminis- icy began on the "seventh
trator of the old city of day of the Six-Day War."
Jersal e m
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But he noted that the old
said Tuesday that the prob-
settlement policy begun by
lem of the West Bank is "be-
the Labor Alignment gov-
yond diplomacy" because it
ernments was aimed at
is no longer a border dis-
creating "geostrategic
facts." The new policy is
"Israel succeeded to in-
aimed at creating a lobby
ternalize the Palestinian
with a "strong consti-
question," he told reporters
tuency" able to prevent any
at a breakfast meeting at
future government of what-
the offices of the quarterly,
ever party from seeking a
Foreign Policy. He warned
that this was not a solution
He said the present situa-
but a "recipe for eternal
tion means that there will
Benvenisti was in Wash- be continuous "struggle,
ington to update his study, friction and confrontation"
"The West Bank Project," between two societies that
an analysis of the Israeli are "indigenous and inte-
government's policy on the grated" in the land west of
West Bank, which he said the Jordan River. He noted
he hoped would be pub= d•that the West Bank's 1.3
lished by the end of the year million Arabs and the
under the auspicious of the 600,000 Israeli Arabs, who
American Enterprise Insti- he said are identifying more
and more with their fellow
tute (AEI).
Benvenisti said the fu- Palestinians, make up 30
ture of the West Bank percent of Israel's popula-
calls for neither annexa- tion. He said he believes
tion nor diplomacy. He this demographic balance
said most Israelis sup- would not change over the
port the process as a con- years.
tinuation of the war of
Benvenisti believes that
liberation. He said that American Jewry, which he
Israeli Premier called basically a liberal

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Stuart Kay, honorable men-
Poster contest winners
were Shira Drissman, Jimi
Jo Meretsky, Tony Frieder,
and the afternoon class of
the Jewish Communtiy
Center pre-school, taught
by Suzie Rosenzweig.

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Habonim, Israel Aliya Center
and the Association of Parents of
Americans in Israel, Nederlan.-,
der Travel, Birmingham Temple
and the Technion.

Also, New Jewish Agenda,
Detroit Zionist Federation,
Urdan Industries, Labor Zionist
Alliance, Bnai Brith Men and
Women's councils and BBYO,
•Jewish Heritage, Book Fair
Committee, Zionist Organization
of America, Jerusalem Post,
Hadassah, Anti-Defamation
League of Bnai Brith, Detroit
Soviet Jewry Committee of the
Jewish Community Council,
Jewish Welfare Federation,
American Friends of Hebrew
University, American Jewish
Congress and National Council
of Jewish Women.

Also, Cong. Beth Achim,
Lubavitch Women, Jewish Par-
ents Institute, Cong. . Bnai David,
Cong. Beth Shalom, Bar-Ilan
University, Hillel Day School,
Cong. Beth Abraham Hillel
Moses, Sholem Aleichem Insti-
tute, Temple Beth El, Russian
War Veterans and the Jewish
War Veterans of the U.S.A.

The Jewish Defense
League and Jewish Idea
staged their own "unity"
parade on Maple Road at
the same time as the parade
at the Center. Three flag-
bearers made a round trip
between Henry Ford Hospi-
tal's West Bloomfield
facility to the corner of
Maple and Drake, followed

Benvenisti Hits. WB Policies


Friday, May 6, 1983 3

community, should be
engaged in the West Bank
situation as a struggle for
civil rights. He said the out-
come would not only affect
the future of Israel but of all
the Jewish people.




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GENEVA — The World
Health Organization pub-
lished a report on M6ndly
about a "possible" increase
in mental illness on the
West Bank because of
The report published no
statistics to support its con-

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