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November 17, 1995 - Image 8

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1995-11-17

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Grace Micalief wants you to buy a chandelier.

Here's her pitch.

Grace is a sales consultant at our

Novi store. She loves these chandeliers so much, she'd


everyone to have

at least one. So she

Ns ,

Distinctive contemporary design
22"W/ 9"H
Keg. $264 Sale $187 (black)
Reg. $324 Sale $22950 (brass)

convinced us to put them on sale

with special

discounts. Since it's Grace's idea, we're

Art Nouveau
elegance in
solid brass.
30 "W/27" H
Keg. $1080
Sale $765

calling it our Grace Micallef /Chandelier

High fashion design
and beauty
Reg. $16560
Sale $11995


sale. The sale is on at all of

our stores, but if you want to thank

personally, you'll have to

GREEN page 3

another 5,000 in the Diaspora.
Ms. Matar says the group receives
"a lot of support from Jews and
When an American reporter re-
cently asked her to describe, in
four words, what Women In
Green stands for, Ms. Matar re-
sponded, "Peace, Unity, Zionism
and Judaism." What it is not
about is politics or religion.
"We have members from the
whole spectrum (religiously)," she
"And believe me, if the Likud
came into power and did things
we thought were not in Israel's in-
terest, we would be out on the
streets demonstrating against
them, too."
Their appearances at demon-
strations have brought the
women into frequent conflicts
with the police. Ms. Matar esti-
mates "we've been arrested eight
or nine times." This week she
learned, by way of a radio report
from outside Israel, that her
daughter-in-law Nadia is about
to be indicted.
'We don't even know what for,"
she said. "She hasn't been served
any papers."
This is just the kind of report
that concerns American support-
ers like Janet Aronoff, who won-
ders how the Israeli government
can be on the offense against its
own citizens, yet "appease people
(like PLO Chairman Yassir
Arafat) who refuse to give up a
covenant that says we aren't en-

titled to a state or any part of what
is now Israel."
So Ms. Aronoff is doing her best
to muster support here in Detroit.
It's working.
The local chapter already has
raised several thousand dollars
toward the Women In Green's
"Scroll of Life Project." For $2, pa-
trons will have their names in-
scribed on a large scroll, with
donations going to fund a library
and activity center for children in
"The ancient Jewish commu-
nity of Hebron has been contin-
uous for almost 4,000 years," the
petition reads. "Long before there
was an Arab people, or a Muslim
religion, Jews have resided in He-
bron. ... Hebron is an integral part
of the Jewish people, its origins,
its history, its spirit, its faith, and
is a vital source for its inspiration."
Those who have signed the pe-
tition, like those who have ex-
pressed interest in the Women In
Green, are varied, Ms. Aronoff
'We've got observant and non-
observant, people from all over
the area," she said. 'We've even
had a few men ask if they can join.
One told me, 'So, I'm a man. I'll
get a green hat. What's the dif-
ference?"' ❑

2 For information, contact
Women In Green, PO Box
7688, 2207
. S. Telegraph,
Bloomfield Hills, NI 48302,

shop at our Novi store.

traditional styling,
keg. $405 Sale $29950


Light Years Ahead In Customer Service


6580 Telegraph at Maple Rd.


45319 Grand River, One Mi. W of Novi Rd.


200 E. Second St., E. of Main St.

HUD Decision
Wins Praise

Washington (JTA) — After more
than a year of pressuring the fed-
eral government to examine
contracts with Nation of Islam-
affiliated businesses, critics of the
relationship appear to be making
Several Jewish groups wel-
comed action by Housing and Ur-
ban Development Secretary
Henry Cisneros, who ordered the
Baltimore Housing Authority to
cancel its contract with a secu-
rity company affiliated with a pri-
vate company run by members of
the Nation of Islam.
HUD has been under fire since
1994 from Jewish activists and
members of Congress to investi-
gate Nation of Islam-affiliated
business that receive federal
funding through contracts.
They charge that the organi-
zation — headed by Louis Far-
rakhan — is not an equal
opportunity employer and stands

in violation of federal anti-dis-
crimination laws.
Critics further object to the
racist and anti-Semitic views es-
poused by Farrakhan and the
Nation of Islam, saying that tax-
payers' funds should not be used
to subsidize bigotry.
Since March, when HUD be-
gan a compliance review of 15
contracts with Nation of Islam af-
filiates, contracts have expired or
been terminated by local govern-
ments in six cities.
Although HUD said it can-
celed the Baltimore contract be-
cause the company violated
federal procurement regulations
— not employment practices —
Jewish groups portrayed the ac-
tion as an encouraging break-
Several Jewish organizations
sent letters to Mr. Cisneros com-
mending him- for his decision to
cancel the Baltimore contract. ID

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