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The Detroit Jewish News, 1994-05-06

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25 IYAR 5754/MAY 6, 1994

Staring At The Unknown

Skepticism and a strange sense of quiet fill Israeli
streets as the peace treaty is signed.


ernard Epel isn't optimistic.
Eva Hertz wishes she could be.
After more than six months
of negotiations, Israeli Prime
Minister Yitzhak Rabin
and Palestine Liberation
Organization leader Yassir
Arafat this week signed ac-
cords in Cairo that placed
Gaza and the ancient city of
Jericho in Palestinian hands.
Though numerous issues
have yet to be resolved, Israeli
Foreign Minister Shimon
Peres said following the sign-
ing, "Today we declare that the
conflict is over...We welcome
you, the Palestinian people, as
Hours later, two former
Detroiters labeled the future
of peace in the region as anything but
guaranteed, and described Israel as a na-
tion dramatically divided over the wisdom
of signing accords with the PLO.
"People are hopeful but skeptical," said
Mr. Epel, who today lives in Herzliya, just

outside Tel Aviv. "It's not like it was with
Egypt. With (the Camp David Accords),
there was a real feeling that something
substantial would come out of it. Nobody
here is celebrating these days."
"The country is so split," added Eva
Hertz, a former Oak Park resident now
residing in Jerusalem. "I feel we must give
it a try, though there are going to be a lot
of problems ahead.
"Everybody — the right and the left—
wants the same thing: peace. But the right
absolutely does not trust the Arabs."
Especially after the antics at the peace
treaty signing, Mr. Epel said.
In the middle of the ceremony, Mr.
Arafat walked out — claiming he knew
nothing of the maps, handed to him at the
event, outlining the autonomous region
around Jericho. He returned after being
assured details would be discussed dur-
ing subsequent negotiations.
Such gestures, Mr. Epel said, "shows
we're certainly not going to have an easy
time with him."
Israelis are especially concerned that

Are religious institutions the proper place for
blacks and. Jews to resolve relations?

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Detroit Schools Invite
Controversial Professor



Less Than Ne al Territory

he Detroit Public
Schools have invited an
accused anti-Semite to
lead a three-part staff
indaba, or salon study ses-
sions, May 12, June 9 and
July 14.
Dr. Leonard Jeffries, the
head of black studies at City
College of New York, was
fired by CCNY in the late
1980s for alleging that Jews
controlled the slave trade
that brought blacks to
America and that Jews con-
trol Hollywood and have
stereotyped blacks in movies.
He was reinstated after a
court ruled his firing was im-
director of the Anti-Defamation League,
tried to call Detroit Public Schools
The indaba, a Zulu word for conference, Superintendent Dr. David Snead on
is sponsored by the schools' Department Tuesday to protest the invitation to Dr.
of Empowerment, Diversity and Choice, Jeffries.
Office of the Professional Development
Mr. Lobenthal said Dr. Jeffries' ap-
Academy. While no title is given for the pearance "is part of an on-going, consis-
series, suggested readings for participants tent and increasing pattern of
include The Mis-Education of the Negro anti-Semitism in the Detroit Public
by Carter G. Woodson, Afrocentricity by Schools." He said the schools have also in-
Molefi Asante, and Expanding the Myth, vited Nation of Islam Rev. Louis
Volume 1: Nile Valley Contributions to Farrakhan and carried "vitriol on their
Civilization by Anthony Browder.
public radio station," WDTR.
Richard Lobenthal, Michigan Region PROFESSOR page 8

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Thanks, Mom

A Mother's Day tribute.



herwin Wine's mother thought he
was the messiah — or at least as
close to perfect as anyone could
possibly be.
Her name was Tillie, and she was a
native of Poland who immigrated to the
United States when she was 16. Devoted
to her family, Mrs. Wine's "major topic
of conversation was her children — both
in and out of our presence," said Rabbi
Wine, of the Birmingham Temple.
Rabbi Wine said he is grateful for the
way his mother raised him, with dedi-
cation and affection.
"You always knew you had somebody
who thought you were important," he
said. "She created an environment in
which you felt very wanted and loved."
The Torah commands, "Honor your
mother and father."
Religion also is behind one of the
greeting card industry's favorite holi-
days, Mother's Day, which will be ob-
served this Sunday.
Anna Jarvis, a West Virginia school
teacher, came up with the idea of a day
to honor mothers because of her own
mom, who for 20 years taught a week-
ly religion class at the Andrews
Methodist Sunday School in Grafton,
W.Va., (which is why Mother's Day al-

MOTHER page 10



edical History

pioneer records
ewish progress._

ge 38


Info Highway

Knowledge is king
for senior citizens.

Page 46


Yearbook 1994

Talented high-school
seniors are honored.

Page 107

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