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The Detroit Jewish News, 1996-05-03

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Call for Nominees for the 9th Annual

BERMAN AWARD

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for Outstanding Professional Service

created by Mandell and Madeleine Berman

Eligibility for Nomination:

honoring a Jewish communal
professional employed
by the
Jewish Federation of
Metropolitan Detroit
or a Federation beneficiary

All Jewish communal professionals
employed by Federation, its agen -
cies, or its beneficiaries, who have
been working in the Detroit Jewish
community a minimum of five
years.

Criteria for Selection:

The recipient of the Berman Award must demonstrate the
highest professional standards in his/her chosen field. That
professional must have:
• made a contribution to the general good of the Jewish
community
• demonstrated leadership and innovation to his/her profession
• applied creativity, dedication, knowledge and care to providing
services to the Jewish
community
Nomination Process:

Deadline for Nominations:

June 28, 1996

Presentation Date

August 1996, at
a reception of the
Jewish Federation
Board of Governors

Submit nominations by letter to the
Selection Committee. Names of
the nominees will remain confidential,
and they may be renominated in
subsequent years.

Send nominations to:
Michael Berke - Confidential
Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit
PO Box 2030
Bloomfield hills, Nil 48303-2030

no question that about 95 percent
of the Arab votes will go to Shi-
mon Peres. Despite the an-
nouncement by the Unified Arab
Party [one of four Arab parties
running in the Knesset election],
which directed its supporters to
hand in a blank ballot, the as-
sumption is that by Election Day
[the party] will retract its decision.
Since there is parity between Mr.
Peres and Mr. Netanyahu among
Jewish voters, it is reasonable to
assume that the Arab vote will de-
termine who the next prime min-
ister will be."
This is a bone in the throat of
Israeli right-wingers and many
"floating voters" in the center.
Asked if Mr. Netanyahu would
try to win the support of Jewish
voters by reminding them that
nearly all Arab voters are for Mr.
Peres, Eyal Arad, Mr. Ne-
tanyahu's campaign adviser,
replied, "We don't have to remind
anyone because everybody al-
ready knows it." But one of the
many pro-Netanyahu bumper
stickers seen around Israel reads:
"Bibi or Tibi." Translation: If Mr.
Peres wins, he will be indebted to
Israeli Arabs like Knesset candi-
date Dr. Ahmed Tibi, an adviser
to Arafat. In fact, Mr. Tibi, who
until recently was being hailed as
the new star of Israeli Arab poli-
tics, now appears not to have
enough support to make it into the
Knesset. Israeli Arabs, it seems,
identify him more with Palestin-
ian causes than with their own.
Many Israeli Arab figures are
urging him to drop out of the race
so as not to waste Arab votes.
The new Israeli Arab forces in
this election season are two ideas:
Islam and "cultural autonomy."
The non-violent Islamic Move-
ment is the real power in the Uni-
fied Arab List. In the next
Knesset, there is almost certain
to be at least one fundamental-

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ist Islamic member: Unified Arab
List leader Abd el-Malek Da-
hamsheh.
Cultural autonomy is a politi-
cal movement that says Arabs can
never be fully at home in a Jew-
ish state, so they should build
their own Arab home within it.
Among the movement's goals are
Israeli Arab control over the pub-
lic education their children re-
ceive, an Israeli Arab university
and an Israeli Arab radio and tele-
vision authority.
Ultimately, the movement
wants to change Israel's identity
from that of a Jewish state into "a
state of all its citizens."
Philosopher Azrni Bishara, the
developer of this idea, has a good
chance of entering the Knesset on
the Democratic National Coali-
tion list, which is running jointly
with Hadash (made up mainly of
former Israeli Arab Communists).
Hisham Jaljuli, 56, a retired
teacher in Tira, supports Mr.
Bishara's party and ideas, and
plans to cast a blank ballot for
prime minister. "There is no real
difference between Peres and Ne-
tanyahu," he says. He believes Op-
eration Grapes of Wrath has led
most Israeli Arabs to the same
conclusion, and that they will not
vote for prime minister.
But his is a minority opinion.
"Israeli Arabs will determine
who becomes prime minister,"
said Tira Labor leader Sameh
Iraqi.
If they vote, Peres, Labor,
Meretz and the Arab parties will
return to power — the only dif-
ference being that the Arabs will
have a lot more chits to call in.
If they cast blank ballots, Mr.
Netanyahu and the right will take
over, a nightmare scenario for
most Israeli Arabs. With the
harsh memories of Lebanon be-
hind them, expect Israeli Arabs
to vote Peres, in droves. ❑

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utually assured destruc-
tion (MAD) is a term
usually associated with
apocalyptic visions of a
nuclear holocaust. But as the elec-
tions loom in Israel, it has been
borrowed by jittery political sci-
entists to characterize the direct
election of the prime minister and
the hybrid form of government it
will create.
Rendered in lower-case letters,
"mad" is also their assessment of
the new arrangement that fails to

solve the problem that sparked
the reform in the first place.
"As a result of the new election
law, we are going to be straddling
two systems of government — a
parliamentary system and presi-
dential one," explains Professor
Reuven Hazan of the Hebrew
University's Department of Po-
litical Science.
Until now, the executive and
legislative branches of Israel's gov-

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