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February 23, 1990 - Image 5

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1990-02-23

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UP FRONT

Speaker Repudiates
Palestinian Propaganda

SUSAN GRANT

Staff Writer

T

raveling all over the
world, David Olesker
gives Jews the tools to
reject the anti-Israel pro-
paganda spread by Palestin-
ians.
Olesker, the director of
Jerusalem's Institute For
Countering Anti-Israel Pro-

Palestinians are
aware of television
sound bites .. .
Jewish leaders
take months.

paganda, told about 20 peo-
ple Feb. 14 at the Maple-
Drake Jewish Community
Center that having informa-
tion and knowing how to use
it is the key.
Almost weekly on the na-
tional evening news, film
clips showing Israeli troops
suppressing Palestinian re-
bellion appear.
"Don't get me wrong, I am
not going to say everything
is rosy," said Olesker, ad-

ding the Palestinian situa-
tion in Israel is serious.
But Palestinian Liberation
Organization leaders have
become sophisticated at us-
ing propaganda to bend the
truth.
When they discuss alleged
human rights abuses in
Israel or make emotional
appeals about their longing
for a homeland, they appeal
to our desires for peace and
love, Olesker said.
"To a Christian audience
this is devastating," Olesker
said.
To make their case more
acceptable, Palestinians
have changed their agenda,
he said.
Once the conflict was bet-
ween Arabs and Israelis.
That was replaced with a
conflict between Israelis and
Palestinians. Now it is a
question of human. rights.
Asking questions which
give the wrong impression is
another tactic used by PLO
leaders, he said. Questions
like "When did you stop
beating Palestinians?"
assumes Israelis always beat
Palestinians.
Palestinians know how to
Continued on Page 12

Protesters gather in front of MSU's Bessey Hall prior to Farrakhan's speech.

Black-Jewish Dialogue
Prompted By MSU Rallies

RICHARD PEARL

Staff Writer

A

Michigan State Uni-
versity adhoc faculty
committee has offered
to coordinate a dialogue
between MSU's Hillel Stu-
dent Center and As One, a

black students group.
The offer from Jack Bass of
the Committee Against
Bigotry came in the wake of
two rallies against bigotry
and prejudice coordinated by
Hillel and two on-campus
churches last Sunday.
"We'll take them up on
their offer," said Mark

Finkelstein, Hillel executive
director, who also received a
call for dialogue from Tre-
bian Shorters, editor of Focal
Point, the MSU black
students weekly.
Both protests were
prompted by Sunday's cam-

Something Fishy
About New Caviar

of Kibbutz Hazorea, and
American Professor Gerald
Scott of the University of
Iowa.

Continued on Page Page 12

ROUND UP

Ninja Turtles
Puzzle Recalled

New York — Random
House has halted the sale of
a jigsaw puzzle that features
a swastika in a display of
urban graffiti.
The action follows an Anti-
Defamation League letter
protesting the distribution of
the "Mutant Ninja Turtles"
puzzle.
Random House Executive
Vice President Gerald Har-
rison, responding to the ADL
letter, said, it was "a
mistake" to use the swastika
and that the artist exercised
"poor judgment." He said
the firm had halted sale of
the puzzle and ordered all
inventory of the product
destroyed.

Convent Focus
Of Polish Journal

Relations between Poles
and Jews in the wake of
debates over the Carmelite
convent at Auschwitz is in-
cluded in the October
Studium Papers,published
quarterly in Ann Arbor by
the North American Study
Center for Polish Affairs.

Among the articles are
The Battle Over Auschwitz,
The Primate's Homily on the
Jews: The Polish Press Re-
sponds and The Frail Web of
Understanding, a review of
the Anti-Defamation League
film To Know Where They
Are, the story of two Ameri-
can Jews who visit Poland.
The October edition of
Studium Papers also carries
responses to the journal's
issue last year, "Traces of
Polish Jews."
For information, contact
Studium Papers, P.O. Box
4391, Ann Arbor, MI. 48106.

Is Gambling
A Sure Bet?

Jerusalem (JTA) — Israel
is seriously considering
legalized gambling and has
named a special committee
to recommend how it can be
introduced and regulated.
Finance Minister Shimon
Peres has appointed retired
Tel Aviv District Court
Judge Binyamin Cohen to
head the panel. Asher Arian,
a senior economist at the Fi-
nance Ministry, will serve as
secretary.

Mr. Edstein:
"Want to horse around in Israel?"

The committee will study
various initiatives to set up
casinos in Eilat or other
holiday resorts and to in-
troduce horse racing. It also
will review the two existing
gambling outlets: the Mifal
Hapayis lottery and the
Sportoto weekly soccer pool.
Gambling casinos are il-
legal in Israel. There have
been attempts recently to es-
tablish off-shore casinos in
pleasure boats anchored off
the beach at Eilat, while
pressure to introduce horse
racing as a sport and for bet-
ting also is steady.

Jerusalem (JTA) — From
artificial caviar to self-
destructing plastic bags,
Israeli technology is forging
ahead with new innovations.
There is indeed something
fishy about the fake caviar
developed at the Technion-
Israel Institute of
Technology in Haifa. It con-
tains fish and fish oil, but
not fish eggs.
The taste is nearly iden-
tical with the real gourmet
delicacy, according to Dr.
Uri Kogan, head of Tech-
nion's food engineering
department. The only real
difference is the price. While
the Russian import, made
from eggs of the Caspian Sea
sturgeon, retails at $100 for
3.5 ounces, the Israeli fac-
simile will sell for about $8.
Meanwhile, Israel's
Supersol supermarket chain
announced that it will
hereafter use and sell plastic
bags that decompose after
exposure to sunlight.
The bags were jointly de-
veloped and patented by an
Israeli scientist, Dan Gilad

Syrian Pilot
Teaches Israelis

Tel Aviv (JTA) — A Syrian
air force officer who defected
in October to Israel has been
teaching Israel air force
pilots how to fly the Soviet-
built MiG-23 jet fighter in
which he arrived.
Maj. Mohammed Bassem
Adel streaked undetected
into Israel air space and
landed at a small airfield in
the north. His MiG was the
first advanced Soviet combat
plane of its type to land in-
tact outside the Soviet bloc
or one of its client states.
. "He gave us all the in-
formation we needed, and
more," a senior Israel air
force officer said of Adel. The
officer said the intelligence
would be shared with friend-
ly foreign states.

Compiled by
Elizabeth Applebaum

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

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