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April 03, 1987 - Image 47

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1987-04-03

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BARRY KAHN

Dr. Robert W. Levine

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Today, Marks appears to
have cast aside higher politi-
cal aspirations. "What I
really want to do is get re-
elected one more time and re-
tire at 70."
It was Marks who gave Al-
kateeb his entree into Far-
mington Hills politics in 1969
when Marks invited him to a
Council of homeowners meet-
ing to represent Churchill
Commons. Marks was devot-
ing his time to the charter
commission., and Alkateeb
became a link between the
two groups.
"Get involved, get involved,
that's always been my
motto," said Alkateeb one
Saturday afternoon in his
office at INM Electric, work-
ing on a computer graphics
layout of a development in
Auburn Hills, using a rod to
draw in wiring installations.
Most of his weekends are
spent this way to make up for
the amount of time he de-
votes to civic activities. A
family portrait sits on a high
shelf. Next to his family, a
miniature flag sticks out of a
seashell souvenir. He and his
wife Nadia have two chil-
dren.
Alkateeb's ties to the
Jewish community run deep,
especially through business
acquaintances and contacts.
He vies for Jewish votes in
campaign bids in Farmington
Hills and points proudly to
the fact that when he was
re-elected in 1984, he did 'ex-
tremely well in the heavily
Jewish Rolling Oaks area,
where he was outpolled by
only five votes by then Mayor
Fred Hughes.
He counts as accom-
plishments under his ad-
ministration increased fund-
ing allocated for parks and
recreation and looks back to
his role on the council, from
'78 to '82, as crucial in help-
ing stop the mid-rise move-
ment. "I felt that the people
were being betrayed. They
didn't want it." He ran again
for'council in '84 when talk of
building a new police head-
quarters surfaced.
"I helped control costs by
keeping down the size of the
headquarters," Alkateeb ex-
plains. He says that he still
believes the building is an
aesthetic failure — a point
that he and Marks seem to
disagree on — with the build-
ing slated to open soon. -
- On racial and ethnic dif-
ferences, Alkateeb observes
that there will always be
"fanatics in political debates,
such as on the Middle East
issue. Everyone is entitled, to
have an opinion, but I have
no use for fanaticism. That is
what makes this country so
wonderful. Everyone is
entitled to express an opin-
, ion, but not to shove it down
the other person's throat."

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