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October 11, 2002 - Image 14

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2002-10-11

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Staff Notebook

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Alberstein To Sing
Everywhere But Michigan

U.S. foreign policy and the Bush administration before a
packed Detroit City Council chamber on Oct. 9.
He said he has an answer for why people around the
world hate America.
"It's not that they hate our freedom — everybody wants
to be free.
"What they hate are policies that the American people
know nothing about," he said, "policies that rob the people
of the Earth of their wealth, and their wealth is exploited to
make life better for us over here at the expense of people
over there."
Farrakhan was invited to speak by his longtime friend,
Detroit City Councilwoman Barbara-Rose Collins.
He claimed that sanctions against Iraq since the Gulf War

nemic ticket sales caused the Royal Oak Theatre to
cancel the scheduled Oct. 10 concert by Israeli
musician Chava Alberstein.
According to a spokesperson for the theater, only about
100 tickets were sold of a total seating capacity of 800.
"Chava did not cancel the show, the promoter did, and
we are still trying to find out why," Alberstein's manager
Itzik Becher wrote in an Oct. 9 e-mail to the Jewish News.
"Chava is fine and is actually performing tonight in
Richmond, Va., and on Saturday in Boston. Her tour,
which included Ogden,
Utah; Saratoga and Los
Angeles, Calif.;
Gainesville, Fla.;
Shreveport, La.; Atlanta,
Ga.; and Richmond Va.
went very well.
"We are now seriously
discussing having her
play Ann Arbor next
season (October-
Alberstein last
appeared in Michigan
in 1998, as part of a
Chava Alberstein
Farrakhan speaks to the Detroit City Council as
Yom HaAtzmaut con-
Councilwoman Barbara-Rose Collins watches.
cert at the Detroit
Opera House sponsored
12 years ago have taken 2 million innocent lives.
by the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit. Her Oct.
"How can you say you are their friend when Americans
10 performance was to have been dedicated to the memory
dropped dirty bombs on Iraq?" he asked the crowd of 300.
of slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.
"I've been - to the hospitals and I've seen the malnourished
Tickets may be returned to point of purchase for a full
children, and I saw the hospitals were death camps because
— Diana Lieberman they didn't have sufficient medicine."
Farrakhan said he wrote a letter to President George W.
Bush in December, warning him that if he goes through
with an detack on Iraq without a coalition, he will lose.
"I think the president is on the wrong course," he said.
"A pre-emptive strike on the assumption that there is a
threat in Iraq would unleash the dogs of war on the planet.
he Jewish Academy of Metropolitan Detroit, a
America would have no more moral authority."
multi-stream day high school now in its third year
Betsy Kellman, spokeswoman of the Anti-Defamation
of operations, is well on its way to national accredi-
League in Michigan, downplayed the speech.
"I continue to be saddened that groups give Mr.
From Oct. 13-16, the school will host a visiting team of
Farrakhan a platform," she said.
educators representing the Independent Schools Association
"At this time in our country, when we are already worried
of the Central States (ISACS).
and anxious about terrorism and war, I don't think we need
"This visit culminates over 2)/2 years of self-reflection
explosive rhetoric. True leaders have an ability to bring peo-
that the staff, students, board and community members at
ple *ether rather than to inflame them and tear them
large have been engaged in," said Rabbi Lee Buckman,
JAMD head of school.
— Harry Kirsbaum
"We are confident we will receive accreditation prior to
our first class graduating in June."
The accreditation process has been coordinated by Dr.
Helene Cohen, JAMD dean of academic affairs.
— Diana Lieberman


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