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end anti-Semitisrri and bias in the
media, both locally and abroad.
Special to the Jewish News
Neuman is a hawk and he made
that intensely clear at the group's
n an effort to challenge those
first public assembly in May at the
on the University of Michigan
Michigan Student Union. "We are a
campus in Ann Arbor who
hard-line pro-Israel organization," he
condone and rationalize Arab
said. "If anyone thinks [Palestinian
terror against Israel, a group of stu-
leader Yasser] Arafat isn't a terrorist,
dents have formed their own
you're in the wrong meeting."
alliance.
To Neuman, the conflict is not
Aiming to educate the student
difficult to assess. "We, the enlight-
population on the conflict in the
ened in America, like to think that
Middle East, Michigan Student
there are two sides to every issue,
Zionists (MSZ) has become an offi-
that truth is
in the eye of
the behold-
er," he said.
"The Israeli-
Palestinian
conflict is
not such an
issue. The
Palestinian
position is
morally
bankrupt,
the
Palestinian
struggle is
fueled by
deception,
Nathan Gonik, 20, of
Adi Neuman, 21, of
anti-
Southfield
West Bloomfield
Semitism,
Islamic
extremism and the unapologetic
cially registered U-M organization.
rewriting of history."
"Palestinian extremism is met
The timing of the group's incep-
with Jewish moderation on campus,"
tion
is no coincidence. U-M, like
said Nathan Gonik, 20, of
Southfield, MSZ vice president. "We other campuses across the nation,
are fighting lies with truth, hate with has become one of the frontlines for
Palestinian activists who are appeal-
logic and propaganda with justice."
ing to students based on liberal sym-
Founded by Israeli-born activist
pathies. Campus activities predicated
Adi Neuman, 21, of West
upon the conflict in the Middle East
Bloomfield, the movement was cre-
have been featured on CNN, ABC
ated to fill what he views as a large
and other major national networks.
void at U-M: the absence of the
Israeli right-wing perspective in cam- The new student group hopes to
pus politics. The group also works to break down the "rhetoric and decep-

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