THE JEWISH NEWS
THIS ISSUE 60(t
SERVING DETROIT'S JEWISH COMMUNITY
I CLOSE-UP I
APRIL 7, 1989 / 2 NISAN 5749
Theme Is Expanded
The route will follow Drake Road
north to Walnut Lake Road, turn east
and go through subdivisions east of
The annual walk for Israel has a
Temple Israel, traveling on
new name and purpose this year and Beauchamp, Piccadilly and
an expanded route through West
Bayswater Pond roads. Walkers will
go back to Temple Israel for
The walk will be held May 7 in
refreshments before returning to the
conjunction with the Israel In-
Center for the Independence Day
dependence Day celebration at the
Maple/Drake Jewish Community
Colman said the route was
Center. It has been renamed the Walk
for Jewish Solidarity in honor of lengthened at the request of West
Israel's 41st anniversary of statehood Bloomfield authorities to make the
and in support of Jews leaving the walk safer by spreading out the
crowd. Liss said, "We don't expect
James Colman, chairman with everyone to complete the 3.5 miles.
Lauren Liss of the walk, said this We want people to walk as far as is
year's emphasis is on the unification comfortable, to be part of the celebra-
of the Jewish community of Detroit. tion."
The organizing committee will
"We just want people to come out and
be part of the celebration. That's the have "toe trucks" available to return
walkers to the Center if necessary. It
Said Liss, "There have been many is also asking organizations to par-
issues that have divided us this year ticipate, walking with their own
— Israel, Soviet Jewry, Who Is a Jew. banners.
This can help bring us together. It is
Following the walk, Independence
going to be a fun day that will let the Day activities at the Center will in-
whole community celebrate."
clude a Great Kumsitz (family picnic
Registration for the walk will with entertainment), an Israel
begin at 10:45 a.m. May 7. at the Knowledge Quiz Bowl, Israeli films
Center. The walk starts at 11:30 a.m. and children's activities.
Three of Detroit's
figures say that
would be no lime
in their light.
Free Press Policy
Detroit Free Press Publisher
David Lawrence Jr. faced a politely
hostile audience Sunday while defen-
ding his paper's coverage, policies and
overall tone on the Middle East con-
flict and Israel.
A long-standing speaking com-
mitment to Hadassah Associates, the
men's unit that supports the women's
Zionist group, came just two weeks
after a Free Press opinion article by
Professor Thomas H. Naylor of Duke
University blamed Israel for sour
relations between the United States
and the Soviet Union.
The Free Press ran a page of let-
ters that dissected Naylor's article
and a Sunday column by Editor Joe
Stroud that said Naylor's column was
wrong and never should have been
published. But the paper followed
Stroud's column with two days of let-
ters to the editor supporting the
Naylor article or the freedom of
speech it represented.
Lawrence unequivocally said
publishing the Naylor column was an
error. "I want to assure you that we
do make mistakes, but it is not
because someone tried deliberately to
skew the facts.
"Naylor was our latest mistake.
But few institutions would have had
the courage we had to admit for-
thrightly that we should not have run
that piece at all."
He said the Free Press had a
proud record of Middle East coverage,
"but people only remember what they
During questioning from the au-
dience, Lawrence said his paper had
published many articles showing the
positive side of Israel. "I've written
some of those things myself."But the
questioner responded, "I've never
Lawrence mentioned the Free
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