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but is unwilling to give up
any occupied lands. It will
not allow Palestinians from
the territories to take part in
the first stages of negotia-
tions.
"That sort of delegation
implieS what the Arabs call
Ha Qalawda, the right of
return," Mr. Ben-Gad said.
"Such an event would imply
that both the occupied ter-
ritories or east Jerusalem
were negotiable."
For Yoel Finkelman, now
a' reservist in the Israel
Defense Force, the Golan
Heights is more than a track
of hotly contested land. For
the last nine months, it was
home.
Mr. Finkelman, who re-
cently returned to Detroit, is
skeptical about the proposed
peace conference.
"We can't change what's
happened in the past in the
course of a week," he said.
"It's a positive development
if there's something real to

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it. But, Israel is going to
need a lot of convincing
before it is ready to accept
such a fact.
"Middle East peace sounds
great, but is it practical and
how much is it going to
take?" he said. "Has Syria
agreed to recognize Israel's
right to exist, have they
ended their state of war with
Israel? There's a lot of
military power in the Golan
relative to the rest of the
country," Mr. Finkelman
said. "Obviously Israel
thinks it's crucial.
"I'm especially attached to
the area," he said. "The
hardest thing I've ever done,
I did in that place — and I
did it for the right to be in
that place.
"I suppose those who've
died there didn't just do it to
have another square piece of
land. If peace could be
achieved, it could be the
greatest tribute to their
memory." ❑

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UJC Gives $250,000
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FRIDAY, JULY 26, 1991

T

he Neighborhood Pro-
ject, launched four
years ago to revitalize
Jewish areas in Oak Park
and Southfield, last week got
a financial boost of $250,000
from United Jewish
Charities.
The money will be used as
needed, as Neighborhood
Project administrators an-
ticipate greater demands for
the interest-free home loan
program.
Started by the Jewish Fed-
eration with assistance of
Hebrew Free Loan Associ-
ation, the Neighborhood Pro-
ject provides incentive loans
to Jewish families moving
into specified areas in Oak
Park and Southfield.
Recycling of the payments
has enabled Neighborhood
Project — which operates on
a revolving $1 million fund
— to double its impact since
it began, providing loans
totalling $2.04 million to
420 applicants.
But Rhoda Raderman, pro-
ject director, said additional
funds were needed because
money collected each month
in loan pay backs wasn't
enough to fill requests.
"This year, we've seen a 20
percent increase in de-
mand," Mrs. Raderman said.
"We are going at a much
faster pace."

The average loan is
$4,760, and no recipient has
defaulted on a loan, project
officials said.
"The project has been so
successful that there is an
increase in demand for
loans," said Hugh Green-
berg, chairman of the
Neighborhood Project Ad-
visory .Committee. "The in-
centives are working. This is
testimony to the effec-
tiveness of the program that
now enables us to serve more
people."
In previous' years, Neigh-
borhood Project's success
was more apparent in Oak
Park. But in the first seven
months of this year,
Southfield saw almost as
many loans as it did during
the entire 1990 year.
The breakdown, last year
68 percent in Oak Park and
32 percent in Southfield,
now is about even, officials
said. This, they said, may
partly be attributed to the
project's expansion last
December, in which boun-
daries to buyers were opened
for neighborhoods in
Southfield that 'filter into
the Birmingham School
District.
Before, loans were granted
anywhere in Oak Park but
in a limited three-square
mile area of Southfield.
"This program is one of
our great successes," Mr.
Greenberg said. ❑

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