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yellow flyers which said, "The
term 'Holocaust' has taken on
new meanings in the 1980s.
The gas chambers have
become outmoded in this
high-tech age. The slow pro-
cess of annihilation of the
Palestinian civilian popula-
tion in the West Bank and
Gaza Strip is being carried
out in more subtle and effec-
tive ways . . . "
During the demonstration,
Palestinians also carried
signs calling for an end to all
U.S. aid to Israel.
Gretta Abu-Isa, who held
such a sign, said, "We have to
make people realize what's
happening there. People
haven't really realized."
She blamed this on the U.S.
media, a large part of which,
she claimed, is Jewish. "The

Jewish people have managed
to interweave themselves in-
to American society," she
said. "And now they are con-
trolling it."
It is comments like this
which are instilling a new
sense of fear in Jewish
students at the university, ac-
cording to the school's Hillel
executive director Dr. Sheldon
Gellar.
"A lot of Jewish students
here feel under siege about
being portrayed as the bad
guys;' Gellar said, adding
that the students fear they
are being made to be the
"Goliaths," confronting young
Davids.
Rob Nosanchuk agrees.
"It's very easy, " he said, "to
be scared as a Jew at
Michigan State."

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FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 1988

Now he is working on his
own dream.
Schenker is in the United
States to promote New
Outlook and the ideas which
it espouses — namely, peace
between Palestinians and
Israelis. This week, he
brought that message — and
the role American Jews play
in helping bring it about — to
Detroit.
The Arab-Israeli wars, "and
our legacy of trauma has
resulted in such a level of
suspicion between Israelis
and Palestinians that we are
not capable of generating a
solution of our own,"
Schenker said.
So Schenker advocates par-
ticipation by American
Jewry, with whom he said
Israeli Jews share a bond of
responsibility and concern for
the future of Israel.
Intrinsic to the nature of
the state is its role in preser-
ving Jewish heritage for all
Jews, Schenker said. "So the
fate of Israel should be, and is,
of great concern to American
Jewry as well."
"We need constructive in-
put from the perspective of
American Jewry, and
sometimes constructive
criticism as well," he said.
There are limits. "Of course
I'm not suggesting that
American Jews be allowed to
vote for the Knesset," he said.
"But as (Foreign Minister
Shimon) Peres said, peace is
so cardinal and vital that it
should concern all American
Jews as well as Israelis."
Not everyone agrees with
Schenker. He sees Prime
Minister Yitzhak Shamir's
stance on this subject an ex-
tension of David Ben-Gurion's
policy of "the place for world
Jewry is in Israel."

Perhaps, he suggested,
those who prefer to
discourage American Jewry's
views on Israel are afraid of
what they might hear.
But Schenker goes a step
further. He also wants Jews to
hear what Palestinians have
to say. While in Detroit, he
spoke in a forum with the
head of the Palestine Aid
Society.
He contends that the role of
such programs is underlined,
not threatened, by the cur-

"Those who
believe we can
resolve the issue
just through
Israeli-Jordanian
negotiations are
living in a world of
illusions."

rent unrest in the territories
and the general air of
pessimism this has
generated.

He said the forum il-
lustrates that "despite
everything, it is still possible
for a proud, patriotic Zionist
to be able to stand on the
same platform with a proud
Palestinian doing devoted
work on behalf of her people
and have a civil and cordial
encounter?'
It provides, he said, "a
ground of hope."
According to Schenker,
many Palestinians are active-
ly seeking to resolve the Mid-
dle East conflict. He admits,
"I've not seen hundreds of
thousands, but there's an
asymmetry here. We have a
state; we need peace. Right
now the Palestinians have no

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