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March 29, 1996 - Image 16

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1996-03-29

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rounded to the nearest 550), tax, title and license on approved
credit Lessee responsible for excess wear and tear. 15c per
mile over 15,000 miles per year.

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Best Wishes
to all of my
Family, Friends and Clients
for a Happy,
Healthy and Joyous

One of the many American groups that tour Israel.

spokesman for Rabbis for Human
Rights, wrote that the abandon-
ment of Israel by American Jews
during the Persian Gulf War was
repeating itself in the wake of the
terrorist bombings that claimed
61 victims in nine days: "Diaspo-
ra Jews are distancing them-
selves from Israel, even as they
make their brave statements of
solidarity. (American Jews in
particular) see Israel as a place
they must visit to strengthen
their rather tenuous Jewish iden-
tity. But as soon as that identi-
ty is challenged in such a way as
to endanger their physical well-
being, this need for an infusion
of Jewish self- identification is
quickly shelved."
The accounts of travel cancel-
lations, or lack thereof, differed
depending on who was asked.
Aryeh Zomer, the North Ameri-
can representative of the Min-
istry of Tourism — who officially
greeted the delegation on the tar-
mac — said "very few," but
Jerusalem shopkeepers said their
stores, usually filled with tourists,
had been practically empty in the
last few weeks.
Participants in the mission
hissed when told, at lunch the
next day with Jerusalem's May-
or Ehud Olinert, that the Chica-
go Symphony had canceled its
Jerusalem 3000 performance this
The group's own uncomfort-
able presence was revealed in its
visit to the site of the Dizengoff
Center bombing, where one Is-
raeli passer-by, observing the
horde of American Jews — wear-
ing their bright yellow UJA "Am
Echad" baseball caps, reciting
prayers, snapping photos of the
makeshift memorials (consisting
mainly of the now-familiar
spread of tiny memorial candles),
all the while being photographed
for the evening news in Philadel-
phia — commented tersely, 'This
is no tourist sight."
But another anecdote from the
same stop became almost in-
stantly mythic in proportion: A
truck came to a stop at the cor-
ner where the group stood, sur-
rounded by a city intersection

Howard J. Lalli is editor of one of
our sister publications, the
Palm Beach Jewish Times.

framed by buildings with still
bombed-out windows. A man
leaned out of the passenger-side
window to inquire about the
gathering. When told it was a
group of American Jews in Israel
to show their solidarity, he smiled
and said thanks for coming.
`This delegation from Philadel-
phia is just minutes offthe plane,
and before they did anything else,
they wanted to go to the site of
the last act of terrorism," intoned
one of the television news re-
porters on the bus from the air-
port, "so we're headed to Tel
After the Dizengoff Center
stop, the group went to Rabin
Square. A young Israeli parked
his bike a few yards away from
the Americans praying near an-
other makeshift memorial.
"It's very nice," he said of their
presence. "This is history; every
Jew should come here."
Most Israelis are pessimistic
after the bombings, he said. "And
they are more fearful, of course.
I fear for my wife on the bus."
Never fear. American Jews
had arrived to ride with her and
the rest of the frightened coun-
try. If we indeed share a destiny,
we can share a bus ride on
Jerusalem's now infamous No.
18 line.
Rather than waiting at one of
the city's bus stops — each guard-
ed in the wake of the bombings
by two soldiers — the Americans
boarded a No. 18 at the beginning
of the line. UJA "Am Echad" mis-
sion signs already were affixed to
the front windows of the familiar
red Egged city buses when the
tour buses carrying the mission
participants pulled up next to
Quietly dismissed by some as
a "stupid photo opportunity," the
ride mirrored New York Mayor
Rudy Guiliani's equally conspic-
uous and controversial ride the
previous week.
The television crews were nev-
er more imposing than at this
moment. Never mind the delicate
relationship between Israelis and
their American brethren and the
awkwardness of the "courage" to
show up for one day to ride one
heavily protected city bus before
returning to the safety of Amer-
ican suburbia, Philadelphians



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