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June 13, 1986 - Image 10

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1986-06-13

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10 Friday, June 13, 1986

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State Senator Gilbert DiNello's
apology to the Jewish community
last Friday has left at least one of
his Jewish colleagues skeptical,
and another questioning other
Senate action detrimental to a
Jewish organization.
DiNello went to the Holocaust
Memorial Center on Friday af-
ternoon to recant his statements
on the Senate floor that Jews
were wealthy enough to pay for
the HMC themselves.
State Rep. Maxine Berman
(D-Southfield) was not soothed by
DiNello's apology. "I don't believe
his apology," Berman told The
Jewish News. "I have some
doubts about his sincerity and a
media apology. His comments
(against Jews) did not surprise
me." Berman also wrote DiNello,
inviting him to tour her district
to meet unwealthy Jews.
An appropriation of $30,000 for
the Department of Michigan
Jewish War Veterans was re-
moved in recent weeks from the
military affairs budget in the Se-
nate, but later restored. Berman
thinks DiNello's statements
about Jews on the HMC issue,
and the attack on the JWV grant,
have broader implications than
budgetary constraints.
Some observers believe that
the HMC and JWV appropria-
tions were being used as a means
of "getting the attention" of state
budget director Robert Naftaly.
Sen. Jack Faxon (D-Farmington
Hills) said, "This is one answer —
that they are trying to get Bob's
attention for things they will be
negotiating on in final confer-
ence" on the budget bill.
But Berman does not buy that
arguement. "There are better is-
sues to stick it to him on." Be-
rman believes the legislature "is
nothing more that a reflection of
the society we represent. It
(anti-Semitism) is there." She
blames the attitude on "six or
seven reactionaries" among the
Michigan Senate's 38 members.
She indicated in the group Alan
Cropsey (R-DeWitt), his father

Harmon Cropsey (R-Decatur),
Jack Welborn (R-Kalamazoo) and
DiNello.
"Their perspective is that we
(Jews) don't even exist," Berman
said: Two years ago, Alan Copsey
sent every legislator a copy of the
New Testament as a welcome-
back-to-Lansing present. Berman
said this kind of insensitivity
concerns her. "I see a lot of anti-
Semitism in a lot of areas, fos-
tered by the Right-to-Life (anti-
abortion) movement.
Welborn joined DiNello and
Kirby Holmes (R-Utica) in oppos-
ing Faxon's motion last week to
give the HMC a $100,000 appro-
priation. The Jewish News mis-
takenly reported that David
Holmes (D-Detroit) had opposed
the appropriation.

Kirby Holmes visited the HMC
for two hours on Monday, accom-
panied by an aide and Alan May,
who is active in the Republican
party and the Greater Detroit In-
terfaith Round Table of the Na-
tional Conference of Christians
and Jews.
On Friday, DiNello toured the
HMC for 40 minutes following
his apology to executive director
Rabbi Charles H. Rosenzveig and
the Jewish community.

.

Faxon, who made a late appear-
ance at DiNello's apology press
conference on Friday because of a
speaking engagement, said the
Senate debate on the HMC
appropriation "came as a shock to
me." He also questioned the
pull-back of JWV funding, al-
though Berman said it was her
understanding that several
groups had been questioned be-
sides JWV.
Sen. Phil Arthurhultz (R-
Whitehall) said the committee
reviewing the military affairs
budget had unanswered ques-
tions about the Jewish War Vete-
rans' program, budget, "who is
admitted to membership," and fi-
nancial needs. He said no one
from the JWV had appeared be-
fore the Senate committee to an-

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