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The Detroit Jewish News, 1992-04-17

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immediate requirements of
the victimized Soviet Jews.
Some have described the cur-
rent American approach as
one of pursuing an "immoral
linkage" between West Bank
settlements and humani-
tarian aid.
Certainly basic humani-
tarian concerns should out-
weigh every other considera-
tion now, as they should have
during World War II.

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Pollard Needs
Jewish Support

I thank you personally and
on behalf of the Michigan
Committee for Freedom for
Jonathan Pollard for your
March 27 editorial, where you
acknowledged that "injustice
has been heaped upon Mr.
Pollard . . . who remains in-
carcerated and that the
Jewish community owes him
its support . . ."
It is imperative that
members of the Jewish com-
munity, as proud Americans
and proud Jews, write their
Jewish organizations, their
congressmen, senators and
the president, to demand that
justice be done and that Mr.
Pollard's sentence be reduced
to time served.

Aaron Swirski
West Bloomfield

Index Will Help
Cemetery Project

Sharon Alterman, Tillie
Brandwine and Pam Gordon
are to be commended for their
work in recording Jewish
graves throughout Michigan
and Windsor ("Jewish
History Groups Seek
Cemetery Sleuths," April 10):
They can save themselves
time and trouble if they will
make use of a resource tailor-
made for their project: the
Michigan Jewish Genealogi-
cal Index.
In 1981, when I was vice
president of the Jewish
Historical Society of
Michigan, I initiated the
Michigan Jewish Genealogi-
cal Index, whereby the JHSM
collected Jewish birth and
death records from com-
munities throughout the
state and transferred the in-
formation to an alphabetical
card file.
At the outset, we acquired
the burial records of Beth
Olam Cemetery in Ham-
tramck and the three Bay Ci-
ty Jewish cemeteries. Addi-
tional burial records of other
Michigan communities were
added later. Moreover, we in-
dexed all the obituaries and
birth notices from the Detroit

Jewish News and its
predecessor, the Detroit
Jewish Chronicle. The index-
ing continues to the present.
The Michigan Jewish Gene-
alogical Index is housed in
the Midrasha Library. Since
its inception, the program has
been administered by Sarah
Bell, Midrasha librarian, and
the work of indexing has been
done by a number of
dedicated volunteers.
The index is open to public
use. Arrangements for its use
can be made by calling Mrs.
Bell at the library.

Phillip Applebaum
Oak Park

Loan Guarantees
And Leonard Fein

The letters regarding the
loan guarantees in the March
27 issue of The Jewish News
are critical of the position ad-
vocated by Leonard Fein in
his March 13 article "Bush Is
Right On Loan Guarantees."
Unfortunately, their criti-
cism misses the larger point
raised by Fein, that the
Shamir government is engag-
ed in a conscious policy of try-
ing to escalate the set-
tlements so that an eventual
peace (based on "land for
peace") is impossible. Yet
"land for peace" is the only
realistic basis for Israel's
achieving peace with its
neighbors, especially the
The failure to link the set-
tlement freeze with the loan
guarantees translates into
giving Shamir the green light
to pursue a Likud ideology —
which stresses keeping the
"greater land of Israel." It lets
him have total freedom to ac-
celerate the very activities
that could eventually prevent
Israel from achieving peace
with its neighbors. In the long
run, this does Israel no favors.
As noted in The Jewish
News' March 27 article, "In
Aviv, They Feel Shafted by
Shame many Israelis are
coming to the conclusion that
the Likud's obsession with
building settlements is not in
the best interest of Israel.
Fein is right in concluding
that the failure of the Israeli
government to obtain the
loan guarantees is the result
of the policies of Shamir.





Fredrika Weisenthal
Huntington Woods

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