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June 24, 1988 - Image 5

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1988-06-24

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IUP FRONT

Israel's U.S. Ambassador
Sees Soviet Role For Peace

ELIZABETH KAPLAN

Staff Writer

he Soviet Union, because of
its status as a major world
power, has a role to play in
Middle East peace talks, according to
Moshe Arad, Israel's ambassador to
the United States.
Yet questions remain as to the
Soviets' attitude at such talks, he
said.
During a recent meeting, Soviet
Foreign Minister Eduard Shevard-
nadze asked Shamir, "Why are you so
worried about our coming to an inter-
national conference? We won't be
there to impose a solution:'
But that is precisely Prime
Minister Yitzhak Shamir's concern,
Arad said. "He's afraid the major
powers will come and present their
own blueprint of how to achieve
peace?'
Surrounded by an entourage of
secret servicemen and police, Arad
- made a brief stop this week in Detroit
as a guest of the State of Israel Bonds.
In an interview with The Jewish
News, Arad, 53, proved the consum-
mate diplomat, carefully articulating
the views of both Shamir and Foreign
Minister Shimon Peres.
This was especially evident when
he addressed the issue of the interna-
tional conference on Middle East
peace. Arad said the proposed talks
will be the major issue in the upcom-
ing Knesset elections.
Peres, the Labor Party leader who
advocates such a forum, believes it is
necessary to entice into negotiations
King Hussein of Jordan. The King
clearly is threatened by the Palestine
Liberation Organization and, even
more so, by Syrian President Hafez al-
Assad. The conference, with participa-

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Afula Hospital personnel practiced a gas attack drill this month shortly after Prime Minister
Yitzhak Shamir of Israel warned the United Nations General Assembly about world-wide
growth of chemical weapon supplies.

AIDS Quilt Project Helps
Survivors Through Grief

ELIZABETH KAPLAN

Staff Writer

young Jewish man from
Michigan lay dying of AIDS
in a Texas hospital. The
nurses, fearing for their lives, had lit-
tle contact with him. They even left
his meals outside the door of his room.
. Not long after the man was
hospitalized, the staff called his
parents. His mother and father im-
mediately flew to Texas, where they
stayed with their son until his death.
The nurses were amazed. This
was the first person with AIDS whose
parents had come to care for him, they
said. The rest had died alone.
Howard Israel loves to tell this
story because he says it illustrates

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what is best about the Jewish
community.
Now Israel is making his own con-
tribution to those who died of AIDS.
He is local co-chairman of public rela-
tions and media for the Names Pro-
ject, a massive quilt comprised of pat-
ches that honor the memory of in-
dividuals who died of the disease.
"Part of the reason I'm involved
is because, as a Jew, I believe that
nobody is free until we're all free,"
Israel says. "People are dying and I
just can't turn my back!'
The quilt will be on display at
Cobo Hall in Detroit July 6-7 from 9
a.m. to 9 p.m. There is no charge.
The Names Project is the brain-
child of Cleve Jones of San Francisco,

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tion by the United States and the
Soviet Union, would offer the guise of
legitimacy the King requires, Arad
said.
Likud leader Shamir opposes the
conference in great part because he
fears Israel might stand alone. Cer-
tainly the United States supports
Israel, "but there are no illusions_that
we differ on many issues even with
the U.S.," Arad said. Without com-
plete coordination with the American
administration before any conference,
Israel's position would be "suicidal?'
Peres and Shamir also disagree on
the substance of the negotiations,
Arad said.
Peres has been outspoken in his
position that the territories are
negotiable — the so-called land-for-
peace proposal. Shamir, however,
refuses to make concessions before the
talks begin.
Like a well-seasoned statesman,
Arad was quick to point out the areas
in which Israel's leaders agree. Both
are opposed to PLO participation in
any peace talks; see no return to
pre-1967 borders; believe negotiations
must proceed along the lines of the
Camp David Accords and with
recognition by all parties of United
Nations Resolutions 242 and 338; do
not support the establishment of a
Palestinian state; and hold that
Jerusalem must remain united and
the capital of Israel.
Shamir and Peres also share a
great admiration for Secretary of
State George Shultz who, Arad said,
has consistantly "demonstrated
tremendous attachment and sen-
sitivity" toward Israel and the issue
of Soviet Jewry.
Even with their very different
views on how to achieve Middle East

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ROUND UP

Council Head
To Be Fired?

Bonn (JTA) — Alexander
Ginsburg may be fired in a
few days from his office of
secretary of the Central.
Council of Jews, the represen-
tative body of Jews in West
Germany, according to a West
German radio station.
Ginsburg has been suspend-
ed and under investigation
since last month because of
his possible involvement in
the embezzlement of repara-
tions funds by the late
Werner Nachmann.
Nachmann was chairman of

the Central Council until the
time of his death last
January.
The report that Ginsburg's
dismissal is imminent was
broadcast by the Frankfurt-
based Hessischer Rundfunk
radio station Monday.
Nachmann has been accus-
ed of misappropriating at
least $12 million in repara-
tions money that was made
available by the Bonn govern-
ment for Jewish persecutees
of the Nazi era from eastern
Europe. They arrived in West
Germany after the 1965
deadline for filing reparations
claims.

Israel Honors
Dutch Couple

Amsterdam (JTA) — Jan
and Miep Gies, the Dutch
couple who hid Anne Frank
and her family from the Nazis
for two years, were honored
with the first copies of the
Anne Frank Medal issued by
the Israel Government Coins
and Medals Corp.
The couple was presented
the medals last week by the
director of the corporation,
Eliezer Shiloni, in ceremonies
at the Anne Frank House
here.
The medal, crafted by

former refusenik Alex Shagin
of Los Angeles, is stamped on
one side with a likeness of
Anne Frank, and on the
reverse is a symbol and the
words "Remember" and
"Holocaust." The medal,
struck in gold, silver or
bronze, will be available
internationally.

Work Begins
On Synagogue

Construction began recent-
ly on West Bloomfield's se-
cond Orthodox synagogue.
Builders are now digging
the foundation of the Shuv

Synagogue, an offshoot of
Southfield's Shomrey Emu-
nah Synagogue, according to
rIbm Bird of West Bloomfield
Township's planning depart-
ment.
The new synagogue at 6191
Farmington Road, north of
Maple Road, will be led by
Rabbi Eli Meyer Jundef, son-
in-law of Shomrey Emunah's
Rabbi Shaiall Zachariash.
Orthodox services are con-
ducted in West Bloomfield at
Bais Chabad and in private
homes. The Young Israel
movement also has plans to
open a synagogue in West
Bloomfield.

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

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