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April 01, 1988 - Image 90

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1988-04-01

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ANN ARBOR 1

Taking A Civilized Look
At Israel's Problems

STEVE BLONDER

Special to The Jewish News

he fourth annual
Israel Conference Day
proceeded without in-
cident last Sunday at the
University of Michigan.
The one-day forum provided
more than 200 people with
the opportunity to "work
together and get to know one
another," according to con-
ference chairman Yosi
Tur-Kaspa.
The day included a hot
debate about Israel's position
in relation to the ad-
ministered territories, discus-
sions about award-winning
Israeli literature and a talk
on the nature of Ashkenazi-
Sephardi relations.
Despite the current unrest
in Israel, organizers said they
didn't make any major
changes in the day's program.
"The peace process is im-
portant, but actual things go-
ing on now didn't change
what we wanted to do," said
Tur-Kaspa. "There are many
things more than throwing
stones or arguing about
political issues."
Conference Shlichah Idit
Bechor added that the day
was focused on showing Israel
in a positive light.
"People have the tendency
to forget that there are some
positive aspects of Israel.
Israel as a whole is not one-
sided. There may be troubles,
but life goes on," she said.
"We didn't show everything
in a positive way, but we still
are realistic. Still it has been
a positive day."
She noted that preparations
for the day had begun before
the recent wave of "violence
erupted in Israel."
U-M senior Mike Sherman,
who is on the Hillel governing
board as well as the commit-
tee which organized the day,
thought the symposium was
important because it remind-
ed people about the Israeli
culture which has been over-
shadowed by the recent
unrest.
Three panelists discussed
the prospects for peace in the
Middle East. Included on the
panel were U-M political
science professor Raymond
Tanter, former White House
Counsel Robert Lipshutz, and
Meir Zamir, a visiting pro-
fessor at Columbia
University.

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FRIDAY, APRIL 1, 1988

Zamir sparked the discus-
sion by saying Israel should
grant autonomy to the Gaza
Strip and West Bank. He also
called for the Palestinians to

be included in any peace con-
ference, saying, "no peace can
be achieved until the Palesti-
nians participate in their own
future."
Tanter, who served on the
White House staff under
President Reagan, disagreed
with Zamir, noting that
several leading members of
the Israeli government refuse
to consider withdrawing from
the territories.
The panel also discussed
the political reasons underly-
ing Anwar Sadat's historic
trip to Jerusalem in 1977,
and whether the PLO should
be represented at a peace
conference.
A panel moderated by Ac-
ting Hillel Director Joseph
Kohane discussed the need
for an Israeli constitution,

"There are many
things more than
throwing stones or
arguing about
political issues."

and examined the text of a
draft prepared by the law
faculty of Tel Aviv University.
Another panel considered
the role of religion — Judaism
— in a Jewish state, and look-
ed at the current religious ex-
tremism in Israel. The panel
contained representatives of
the Reform, Conservative and
Orthodox movements.
Tur-Kaspa termed the day a
success, saying it "provided a
stage for everyone who
wanted to come and talk
about Israel in a civilized way.
People could come and talk
about issues which are fun-
damental to Israelis' lives.
The day was sponsored by
the university's department
of Judaic studies, the Union
of Students for Israel, B'nai
B'rith Hillel Foundation, and
other groups.
Extra security had been
hired by the organizers to pro-
tect against any kind of
violent anti-Israel demonstra-
tion, but proved to be
unnecessary.

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LOCAL NEWS

I'm"

Book Review
Series To Begin

Rabbi Sherwin Wine of the
Birmingham Temple will pre-
sent the first of four book
reviews on the theme "Jewish
Liberation - Four Responses"
at 8:30 p.m. Monday at the
temple. He will discuss Lov-
ingkindness by Anne Roiphe.
Discussion will follow the
review. There is a charge.

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