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February 08, 1991 - Image 1

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1991-02-08

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Racial Tensions At OU
Ignite Jewish Concerns


Staff Writer


Jewish administrator
is out; a black female
is in, and the result is
racial tension at Oakland
University. _
Talk of an upsurge of
racial troubles at OU follows
months of disputes within
opposing groups of black
students, one which objected
to the involvement of white
students and staff members
in planning this month's
Black Awareness Month
Last month, students
returned to OU after the

holiday break to a disbanded
Black Awareness Month
Committee and a newly
formed Black History
Celebration Committee.
The committee's goal was
the same; yet the group was
different: any white students
present on the old committee
were missing. Also absent
from the committee was the
group's staff member, Paul
Franklin, coordinator of
campus programs, who LT
white and Jewish. His
replacement was a black
"Black America is in a
terrible state," said Keith
Arnold, president of the


t night, Barbara
Deutch hears the
thunder of planes fly-
ing overhead. But they're
not planes on their way to
Baghdad; they're Israeli
bombers heading for Leb-
Mrs. Deutch, who made
aliyah from Detroit when
she was 18, lives in a
moshav six miles from the
Lebanese border. Never has
the sound of the war been so
close as this week, when
Israeli fighter planes began
attacking Palestinian guer-
rilla posts in southern Leb-
anon. Ten camps were re-
ported hit, a number of them
strongholds of the Palestine
Liberation Organization,
which has expressed support
for Iraqi leader Saddam
The campaign, which
began Tuesday, was
mounted in response to
Katyusha rockets fired from
Lebanon into northern
Israel. An Israeli Army
spokesman said the PLO had
fired dozens of missiles, all of
which missed their targets
and landed north of the
Israel border.
Mrs. Deutch said she has
heard the Katyusha rockets
and listens anxiously at

night for the sound of sirens.
"Are we nervous? Yes,"
said Mrs. Deutch. Her chil-
dren must carry gas masks
wherever they go, and only
this week were they able to
return to school.
Though she lives close to
the Lebanese border, Mrs.
Deutch said she feels safe.
Arabs from the security zone
still come to work in Israel,
she said. Tensions have in-
creased lately, but terrorist
threats and concern about
the stability of Lebanon "are
problems we've always had
to live with."
Mrs. Deutch, who first
visited Israel in 1975, said

Coverage of the
war continues on
page 15.

she believes the outcome of
the war lies in U.S. hands. "I
hope it doesn't last longer
than a few weeks at most,"
she said. "I don't like to see
American lives lost."
Southfield resident Faye
Damraur's brother, Mel
Bluestein, and her daughter,
Sherie Damraur-Kalo, both
live in northern Israel. Mrs.
Damraur said she is confi-
dent her family will be safe,
though her husband, Louis,
spends a lot of time watching
the news these days.


campus' Association of
Black Students and a staun-
ch opponent of white in-
volvement in this month's
activities. "There are cer-
tain things black people
need to do to straighten out.
We were not looking for the
approval of Jewish students
on campus. We have two
different cultures and have
different needs."
Mr. Arnold said only
blacks should plan their own
activities, adding, "We
wouldn't try to plan Jewish
holiday celebrations."
He called Mr. Franklin
"incompetent," saying he

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War Takes On New Front
As Israel Strikes PLO


FEBRUARY 8, 1991 / 24 SHEVAT 5751

"They're strong people,"
she said of her brother and
daughter. A member of
PNAI, Mrs. Damraur recent-
ly attended a meeting of the
Parents of North American
Israelis. The parents were
anxious, but all said their
children in Israel were op-
timistic about Israel's safe-
For Uri Bar-Ner, the Con-
sul General of the Israeli
Consulate in Chicago, the
stepped-up PLO action is not
a surprise.
"What you are seeing is
the work of Arafat and the
PLO," Mr. Bar-Ner said on
Wednesday. "We believe
that Saddam Hussein has
given him the instructions to
go ahead and start with a se-
cond front. They've launched
their Katyusha rockets at
the settlements in northern
Israel, and most of them
landed far away from any of
our settlements."
Where the recent cutback
in Scud missile attacks are
concerned, Mr. Bar-Ner said
that the Israelis are not let-
ting themselves get lulled
into a false sense of security.
"It's not even an issue," he
said. "We are still very
aware of the threat we face. I
call my family all of the time
just to make sure they are
okay. Israel is still under a
high state of alert." El


Inside Detroit's
most private yeshiva,
Darchei Torah.

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