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September 20, 1991 - Image 12

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1991-09-20

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Coleman Young Missing
From Ad Endorsing Israel


Staff Writer


n advertisement that
appeared in the New
York Times listing 36
black mayors who endorsed
Israel included two mayors
from Michigan — Saginaw's
Henry Nickleberry and Pon-
tiac's Holland Wallace.
Noticeably absent was the
name of Detroit Mayor Col-
eman Young.
Mr. Young did not respond
to requests for an interview
or to questions sent by fac-
simile to the office of his
press secretary, Bob Berg.
Mr. Berg said he was not
familiar with the situation,
and he said the mayor prob-
ably had not seen any letter
asking him to endorse Israel.
The ad, drafted by Kansas
City Mayor Emanuel
Cleaver II, first ran in two
black newspapers in Kansas
City. It states, "We have a
stake in Israel — America's
black mayors."
It also states in part, "We
will not be free until the
world recognizes that the life
of a black mother's child is
as important as the life of a
white mother's child.
"The Israeli government
acted upon this belief when
it carried out Operation
Solomon, the daring rescue
operation that brought
14,000 Ethiopian Jews to
"The Israeli people cried
tears of joy as they welcomed
their Ethiopian brothers and
sisters. It is for this reason

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that Israel exists. We will
not be free until the world
stops talking and starts ac-
ting. The Israelis acted."
The ad began in Kansas
City with Mayor Cleaver
and the aid of the American
Jewish Committee and the
Jewish Community Rela-
tions Board.
Mayor Cleaver contacted
David Goldstein, director for
the Kansas City AJC/JCRB,
saying he felt strongly that
black leadership should re-
spond to the miracle of the
exodus • of the Ethiopian
Jews, Mr. Goldstein said.
The mayor then wrote a
letter to 70 black mayors in
the United States, asking
them to sign the ad.
"Many immediately re-
sponded to the letter," Mr.
Goldstein said. "The Ameri-
can Jewish Committee and
the Jewish Community
Council were asked to con-
tact those mayors who
hadn't responded to see if
they would offer support.
"Mayors get thousands of
letters asking them to do
things every day," Mr.
Goldstein said. "The fact
that so many responded to
this was phenomenal."
In Detroit, AJC Executive
Director Sharona Shapiro
and Jewish Community
Council Executive Director
David Gad-Harf said they
made attempts to reach
Mayor Young.
"Coleman Young did not
respond to our efforts to ask
him to participate," Ms.
Shapiro said. ❑



f everything goes as
scheduled, the Jewish
Federation's move to
Bloomfield Township should
be completed by the end of
December, says Michael
Berke, executive director.
"Everything appears to be
on that mode," said Mr.
Berke. Federation staffers
are currently throwing out
old files and slowly packing
things in boxes for the big
The new building, located
on Telegraph Road south of
Maple Road, is being readied
for the move. Adjustments in
the building's layout — more
conference rooms and some

changes for staff offices —
are under way. "But we're
not ripping down the
building," Mr. Berke said.
During the three-day
move, the Federation will
carry on business as usual,
Mr. Berke said. Other agen-
cies that use the downtown
Federation building — the
American Jewish Com-
mittee and the Jewish
Community Council --- are
in the process of arranging
for their future office space.
The AJC, says area director
Sharona Shapiro, is negotia-
ting to rent space in the new
Federation building, but will
also rent downtown space
with the Jewish Commnity
Council. Both agencies do
not yet know where that
downtown office will be. I=1

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