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The Detroit Jewish News, 1989-05-12

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he said. "But don't forget how
the brave, peace-loving PLO
(Palestine Liberation Organi-
zation) heroically shot Leon
Klinghoffer in his wheel-
chair." (Klinghoffer was kill-
ed aboard the Achille Lauro
cruise ship), "What about his
human rights?"
The establishment of a
Palestinian state would mean
Israel's destruction, he said.
"And the Jewish people have
no obligation to the world to
commit suicide to please the
aspirations of the Palestinian
The final speaker, Michael
Dorfman, called Israel "one of
the most open societies in the
world." Arabs may serve in
the Knesset and have equal
voting rights and excellent
educational opportunities, he
Dorfman took issue with
Nabeel Abraham's assertion
that most nations of the world
— including Africa, Europe
and the Soviet bloc — support
the creation of a Palestinian
He recalled meeting an
Ethiopian woman in Israel
who had a cross burned on
her forehead. She told Dorf-

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man it was to save her from
murder by Ethiopian
"This is one of the rational,
human rights-observing na-
tions that supports a Palesti-
nian state," he said.
He also said that if the West
Bank and Gaza were used for
a Palestinian state, Israel
would be less than seven
miles wide. "We've had track
practices where we've jogged
more than seven miles."
The United States once
believed the Ayatollah, whom
he called the leader of the
"Iranian intifada," also was
"a well-meaning, peace-loving
man," he said. "Can we afford
to misjudge another Middle
East situation?"
After the debate, several
students lingered in the
auditorium. Sherri Lavine
and Tami Gordon, both
Jewish, said they felt even
stronger in their pro-Israel
views after the program.
The two added that the
most convincing argument
they heard from the side
supporting a Palestinian
state was that it is a moral
question that must be ad-

Mourning For Soldier
Starts Anti-Arab Riots

Ashdod (JPFS) — The ex-
pression of grief inside the
home of Sgt. Avi Sasportas
last week was subdued, but
the cries for vengeance
among the thousands who
joined the funeral of the
murdered soldier were far
from quiet.
A parade of Kach activists
in trucks drove through
Sasportas' home town of
Ashdod flying huge national
flags and banners condemn-
ing Defence Minister Yitzhak
Rabin. "Mr. Defence Minister!
'Ibday it's Avi — tomorrow it's
us," read one. Police prevented
them from entering the street
of the Sasportas home.
Dozens of Ashdod residents
waited from early morning
outside the heavily guarded
house. Thousands of people
crowded into the Ashdod
military cemetery. High
school pupils came with
school bags, old people walk-
ed through the sandy lanes.
Chief of General Staff Dan
Shomron and Knesset
Members Ronni Milo (Likud)
and Rehavam Ze'evi (Moledet)
stood near the grave together
with Mayor Zvi Zilker.
The angry crowd walked
out of the cemetery shouting
for revenge. "Death to the
Arabs!" "Dismiss the chief of

Outside the town, the Kach
activists slowed down traffic
and threw stones at Palesti-
nian cars. Several cars were
damaged as the police made
efforts to disperse the
Shortly after 4 p.m. some 50
Jews, waving their fists in the
air, shouted "death to the
Arabs" and blocked Ashdod
Junction, looking for Arabs in
cars. They shouted "Let's do
to them what they did to Oren
Brahami." (The 13-year-old
was murdered last week in
Jaffa, and the suspects in the
case are from the territories.)
Another group blocked the
northwestern entrance to the
city. Dozens of border police
wearing helmets and riot
gear pushed the protesters
out of the road. When some
refused to go and then tried to
attack police, they were push-
ed back with more violence.
Five men and four women
were arrested. The women
were later released.
Five Arabs were locked in-
side a bakery in Ashdod for
their own protection by their
boss before he went to the
funeral. One finally opened a
peephole and said, "Our boss
protected us during the night
and brought us food that his
wife cooked for us. But we
didn't sleep all night."

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