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April 29, 1988 - Image 12

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Lea Tsemel

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than the official death toll.
Currently, 5,000 Palesti-
nians are detained, under in-
terrogation or awaiting trial
as a result of the riots, she
said. Another 1,000 are held
under administrative deten-
tion without being charged or
the benefit of due process.
Five new detention centers
have been erected by the
Israelis. Tsemel described
them as concentration camps.
"Even in Nazi Germany in
the 1940s the concentration
camps were not intended to
carry out the final solution,
she said explaining her choice
of words.
Tsemel said that the Ansar
3 camp in the Negev Desert
is nothing more than a tent
city which can "spread out
and out as far as it can." Food
and hygiene are primitive.
"We can hardly find our
clients," she said.
She charged that the Israeli
judicial system is totally bias-
ed against the Palestinians.
The uprising has forced a
debate in Israeli society, she
said. New, albeit small, pro-
test groups are forming. Thir-
teen Israelis have gone to
prison rather than serve in
the territories, she said.
Another 500 have declared
that they will not serve there.
"People have stopped
treating the army as if it was
sacred," she said.
Groups of Israelis have
begun making weekly visits
to the territories, "trying to
meet people and talk to
them."
Tsemel told her audience
that, with the riots, Palesti-

nians have reached maturity:
collaboraters who have re-
nounced their ties with Israel
have been welcomed back in-
to the Palestinian society
(with the exception of one
Palestinian who was lynched
by his neighbors) and any
Israeli weapons which have
fallen into Palestinian hands
have been broken and return-
ed to the Israelis.
Israel will not retreat will-
ingly from the territories, she
predicted, and called upon
Americans to pressure Israel
into withdrawal.

One audience member ask-
ed Memel if she would draw
a comparison between the
Israel of today and Nazi Ger-
many. "We have not reached
the peaks of Nazi Germany,
but I'm not sure we cannot do
it," she answered. "Perhaps in
each and every one of us there
is a small Nazi."
The concept of transfer —
the forced removal of Palesti-
nians from Israel and the ter-
ritories — is a topic of discus-
sion in Israel, she said.
"There are plans to initiate a
war to justify transfer. I'm
sure of it."
In such a situation, she
believes, "Palestinians would
fight to the last."
She admitted that her
defense of Palestinians is a
losing battle, but that it is her
role to fight for the underdog.
What motivates her each
morning to rise and return to
work is anger, she said, "the
new anger that I feel every
day, anger at different daily
atrocities."

I LOCAL NEWS I

Maas Building Halted
Pending State Inquiry

1•11111111,

STAFF REPORT

T

he Fresh Air Society
voluntarily halted con-
struction on a new din-
ing pavilion at its Camp
Maas this week pending an
investigation by the Michigan
Department of Natural
Resources.

This move follows Camp
Maas naturalist Bill
Frankel's report to the DNR
that construction of the
pavilion on Phipps Lake may
violate the state's wetlands
preservation law.
FAS president Dr. Richard
Krugel said Wednesday that
preliminary findings by the
DNR showed that there were
no environmental problems
caused by the construction
DNR investigators could

not be reached for confirma-
tion at press time.
Frankel was fired April 18
after contacting the DNR. Ac-
cording to Will Reding, super-
visor of the Tamarack Camps
Outdoor Education Program,
four other members of the
FAS naturalist staff — in-
cluding Reding — have an-
nounced their resignation in
the wake of Frankel's
dismissal.
Reding said that he and his
coworkers fear envrionmental
damage to plants and the
lake by the cutting down of
some 20 trees and the dump-
ing of sand and gravel at the
construction site between
Sobel Beach and the old trip
center.
He said the issue was not
"Judaism versus environmen-
talism," as was argued by
FAS directors, but concern

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