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April 25, 2003 - Image 17

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-04-25

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THE ISSUE

Now that the military activity in
Iraq is drawing to a close, diplomat-
ic activity will be taking center
stage. While Saddam Hussein paid
the "military price," which countries
will now pay a "diplomatic price?"
Turkey and Iran are being cultivat-
ed; Syria is somewhat threatened;
what "price" will Israel pay?

=KIND THE ISSUE

Friends of Israel argue that the
Jewish state should not be made to
"pay" the diplomatic price of uni-
lateral concessions to the
Palestinians to placate Arab oppo-
nents of the war with Iraq. Despite
pressure from the Arabs and some
in the U.N. and in Europe, Israel
should not be forced into an
imposed settlement that does not
fully meet its security and other
legitimate needs.

— Allan Gale, Jewish Community
Council ofilletropolitan Detroit

ness properties and apartments. The
remainder is claims against banks for
Jewish accounts frozen by the Vichy
regime.
The government has accepted respon-
sibility for compensating survivors and
their families, a policy that has continued
since President Jacques Chirac formally
accepted the state's responsibility for
Vichy crimes in 1995. The filing date for
claims against banks formally ended on
Jan. 18, but Drai said "it is impossible
today to predict when the work of the
CIVS would come to an end."
Moreover, the rate of new claims is
still climbing, with 393 recommenda-
tions made in March alone. The CIVS
operates an international hotline for
claims and maintains close links with
the government-sponsored French
Foundation for the Memory of the
Shoah, which is chaired by Simone
Weil, a Holocaust survivor and former
president of the European Parliament.
Relations with Jewish organizations
are vital, Drai said, because "the work of
the CIVS requires an important human
dimension in light of the need to receive
claims from people who were carrying
heavy emotional scars from the past."
The CIVS hotline number for infor-
mation on claims for confiscated prop-
erty is 00-800-2000-4000. The corn-
mission also operates an English-lan-
guage information Service through its
Web site: www.civs. go uv. fr



FEDERATION'S

'0' MICHIGAN
MIRACLE/

■ i1 April 18-28, 2004

Featured Speaker

GIL TAMARY

Washington Bureau Chief for Israel Broadcasting Authority

IF YOU HAVEN'T SIGNED UP YET, here
are four good reasons to come to our
recruitment meeting on MAY 12:

1) Find out how easy and fun it is
to travel on a Federation
Miracle Mission.

2) Learn about the itinerary .. .
the places you'll visit, the Israelis
you'll meet, and how this trip
will be unique.

3) Bring along friends and family
and plan to travel together.

4) Sign-up in time for incentive discount.

We're putting together the best Israel
experience possible. Buses are filling so
don't wait.

Monday, May 12 • 7:30 p.m.

Max M. Fisher Federation Building

6735 Telegraph Road, Bloomfield Hills

To respond, please call Cherron Jackson
at 248.642-4260, ext. 225
or e-mail: jackson@jfmd.org

Peter Alter Richard Krugel

Chairs

Scott Kaufman Lisa Lis Beverly Liss John Marx

Associate Chairs

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