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May 11, 1990 - Image 1

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1990-05-11

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T. HE JEWISH NEWS

THIS ISSUE 75cP

SERVING DETROIT'S JEWISH COMMUNITY

=EARINCING
iLLNESS
AMONG JEWS
TO THE
OREFRONT

MAY 11, 1990 / 16 IYAR 5750

Police Seek
Akiva Vandals

SUSAN GRANT

Staff Writer

athrup Village police
are searching for three
youths who vandalized
Akiva Hebrew Day School
last weekend and forced the
school to close Monday.
Classes resumed Tuesday
after school employees spent
Monday cleaning up the
$10,000 in damage.
The vandalism was
discovered Sunday morning
by a custodian preparing for
high school classes, said
Rabbi Zev Shimansky,
school principal.
The youths smashed 13

windows with rocks and
climbed through one of the
windows to enter a fourth
grade classroom, Rabbi
Shimansky said. They over-
turned students' desks and
threw papers on the floor.
The clock on the wall, hit by
pieces of asphalt, was
stopped at 5:20.
After breaking glass in the
classroom, the youths
sprayed the school's fire ex-
tinguishers, leaving a fine
chemical dust over both
floors of the building.
The youths also broke into
the controller's office, break-
ing a window and
Continued on Page 12

Kahane Wants
A Referendum

ALAN HITSKY

Associate Editor

R

abbi Meir Kahane
wants a referendum
in Israel to confirm
his anti-Arab policies and
put his Kach Party in power.
While in Detroit on Mon-
day, he spoke to 100 of his
faithful and the curious in
an effort to raise funds to
implement his three-part po-
litical agenda.
Rabbi Kahane wants
Israeli voters to decide in a
national referendum
whether Israel should annex
Judea, Samaria and Gaza;
whether Israeli Arabs
should be given personal
rights, not national rights,
and those not accepting
these rights be transferred
out of Israel; and to let the
voters decide whether the
Kach Party can participate
in the next Israeli election,
which must take place in the
next 21/2 years.
How can a man banned
from Israeli politics for
allegedly being racist get
these questions on the
Israeli ballot? "With
money," says Rabbi Kahane,
who appeared calmer and
less-strident than in
previous Detroit ap-
pearances.
While outward ap-
pearances may have chang-
ed, his policies haven't.

If he can raise enough
money, he can have major
political rallies in Israel,
renting buses to bring his
constituents from poor areas
of the major cities and from
development towns, Rabbi
Kahane says.
He also may need money
for courtroom expenses.
Rabbi Kahane's sedition
trial goes to court in Israel
next week and his U.S.
citizenship case will be
heard by a Washington,
D.C. judge June 4.
After a Palestinian
wrested the steering wheel
of a bus from the driver and
forced the vehicle over a cliff
last winter, killing 16
Israelis, Rabbi Kahane told
a rally that Arabs "are a
growing cancer and these in-
cidents will continue to
happen as long as they are in
our midst." This is why, he
says, he was charged with
sedition under a law passed
by the British in 1938.
Truth, he says, is no
defense under the law.
In Washington next mon-
th, the Brooklyn-born rabbi
will contest his forfeiture of
U.S. citizenship. A 1986
Israeli law banned persons
running for office from
holding dual citizenship, so
Rabbi Kahane relinquished
his U.S. citizenship in 1988
to run for the Knesset.
Continued on Page 12

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