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January 12, 1990 - Image 20

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1990-01-12

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buildings and dwellings of
10 families or more under
the abatement rules.
Schaeffer was involved in
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which no asbestos was
Akiva is involved in
asbestos on a wider scale. It
encapsulated most of its
basement pipes five years
ago, Rabbi Shimansky said.
Akiva also is one of 12
original plaintiffs involved
in a class action suit against
asbestos manufacturers. The
1984 suit includes 335 of the
550 public school districts in
Michigan and several
private schools.
Southfield attorney
Michael Serling said the

case already has made two
trips to the Michigan
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pected to be heard in Wayne
County Circuit Court this
year. Local districts among
the 12 representative plain-
tiffs include Bloomfield
Hills, Oak Park, Ferndale,
Detroit and Ann Arbor.
Akiva, Roeper and Cran-
brook are among the private
schools in the case.
The class action suit is
seeking $500 million in
damages from 45-50 asbestos

"The full extent of the
damage isn't even known,"
Serling said. "The school
districts are just beginning
to find out now about the
elaborate removal pro-
cedures and the encapsula-
tion of pipes." D

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of the Palestine Liberation
Organization through their
coverage of policies employed
by the government to deal
with the Palestinian uprising
the intifada.
The Likud has been able to
neutralize one significant seg-
ment of the news media
through its control of the
Israeli Broadcasting Authori-
ty, which includes public radio
and television (there are no
commercial stations). Uri
Porat, who served as a press
aide to Prime Minister Begin
before being appointed direc-
tor general of the IBA in 1984,
imposed restrictions on
coverage of the uprising and
sacked MA staff members
perceived as being too liberal.
But the print press — owned
by companies or families with
close ties to the political left
and center — has continued to
remain a problem for the
Likud. Now, however, it seems
increasingly likely that
marketplace pressures will
resolve this problem in a way
that political pressure has
been unable to.
Recently, to the surprise of
many Israeli journalists and
others, a number of Israeli
publications have found them-
selves in the unusual position
of being coveted and fought
over by foreign businessmen,
several of whom support the
Likud's conservative policies.
This might seem to be merely
another instance of the
globalization of the media
market, yet whereas the
underlying motive behind
most foreign takeovers is
primarily economic, here the
driving force would seem to be
predominantly political. A
Jewish proverb says that "the

righteous, their work is
always done by others." In this
case, what the Likud would
like to see happen seems to be
taking place without any ef-
fort whatsoever on its part.
Last year the Union of Dai-
ly Newspapers, a publishers'
association, took out an ad in
the country's leading papers
stating that the "newspaper
market is facing a collapse"
and has reached "the end of
the mad." Without an increase
of about 40 percent in the
price of newspapers, the text
declared, "the newspapers will
not survive." Many
newspapers raised their prices
— a measure that has kept
them in business, for a time
Like newspapers in the Uni-
ted States and Western Eur-
ope, Israel's newspapers are
undergoing a decline in rea-
dership at a time when labor
costs are rising. Israel's conti-
nuing economic crisis com-
pounds the problem, and the
future is hardly rosy. A com-
mercial cable television sys-
tem — a new rival for the pub-
lic's attention — is scheduled
to be operational in the early
1990s. Israel's print media are
caught up, then, in a fierce
struggle for survival, a strug-
gle that will leave only one or
two of the country's major
dailies on the scene.
One survival strategy that
has been adopted by many
publishers is to make their
papers over into rough equiv-
alents of USA Tbday, offering
their readers short news
stories, large headlines, lots of
photos, and a bland editorial
position. Publications that
specialize in investigative re-
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