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June 20, 1986 - Image 1

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1986-06-20

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SERVING DETROIT'S JEWISH COMMUNITY

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JUNE 20, 1986 / 13 SIVAN 5746

Israel Intervenes
In Religious Schism

Desecrations and violent clashes between religious
Jews and secularists shock the nation

Jerusalem (JTA) — Prime Minis-
ter Shimon Peres called on the Jewish
people in Israel and the Diaspora last
Monday "to mobilize to extinguish the
blaze" of religious-secular strife and
violence that has engulfed Israel in
recent days.
In a brief but emotion-charged
speech to a packed Knesset, Peres
warned that the country could destroy
itself from within. He appealed to
public figures across the political
spectrum to lead the nation away
from the "conflagration" and pledged

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that the government would deploy
"all the force of the law" to put an end
to the violence.
Peres' speech, and the full scale
Knesset debate that it opened, fol-
lowed a week of violence by ultra-
Orthodox zealots and counter-
violence by anti-religious extremists
that sent shock waves through the
country. Religious vandals have
burned or defaced more than 100 . bus
shelters in recent weeks because of
advertising posters they consider in-

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State Senator Hits
Single-Issue Politics

Lana Pollack warns against politicians who support
one issue favorable to Jews

BY HEIDI PRESS
Local News Editor

State Sen. Lana Pollack warned
the Jewish community not to be
single-issue oriented when it comes to'
politics. It would prove harmful to
Jewish survival in this country.
Speaking at the annual Rose
Frenkel Memorial Lecture on Monday
at Cong. Shaarey Zedek, Sen. Pollack
said, "We are so focused on support for.
Israel that we are forgetting we won't
be here to support Israel if we don't
protect this country."
"I'm a Zionist, I'm proud of it,"
the Ann Arbor Democrat said, but "I
have other responsibilities as well."
She explained that when Jews sup-
port political candidates they should
look beyond the fact that a candidate
supports Israel to see what other
measures he backs.
As an example, Sen. Pollack
pointed to Michigan Congressman
Mark Siljander (R-Three Rivers) who
although he supports Israel, signed a
letter opposing the re-election cam-
paign of Michigan Congressman
Howard Wolpe (D-Lansing) who is
Jewish. Siljander, for the second con-
secutive election, urged that more

Christians be voted into office.
The Jewish people seem to be
unaware or short-sighted to look fully
at political candidates they're sup-
porting," she said. "I'm not asking
anyone for money. I'm asking you to
spend your money well in the best
Jewish tradition."
Citing Siljander and Rev. Jerry
Falwell, both known for their support
of Israel, the Senator warned that

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