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The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-09-05

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results they get from
the Detroit Jewish


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Location Debate
Serious, Not Silly


I have attempted to follow the ongo-
ing saga of the relocation of the
Holocaust Memorial Center to
Farmington Hills in your fine paper
and have become more disturbed
with- each article ("Eye Of The
Beholder," Aug. 22, page 57).
The inability of the numerous
Jewish organizations involved to agree
on a location more fitting to the mis-
sion of the HMC smacks of politics
and power.
First, we were informed of the lack
of space at the Eugene and Marcia
Applebaum Jewish Community
Campus in West Bloomfield; yet
recently, space was found across the
street for Jewish Family Service.
It was a travesty to the Holocaust
victims and survivors to locate the
new HMC along one of the most
heavily trafficked roads in Oakland
County, Orchard Lake Road, in addi-
tion to locating a center with so
much meaning, inconceivable horror
and heartbreak in both a commercial
and industrial environment.
However, the trigger to my letter is
in the last paragraph of the article.
After noting the various points of
view, I was astounded to read that
Rabbi Charles Rosenzveig said the
criticism, the other points of view,
were "silly."
Shame on all of us (me included)
— individuals and organizations —
for, at the very least, letting our
"silly" voices with our "silly" opin-
ions, objections and criticisms be
Now we will always be reminded,
as we drive by this heavily trafficked
retail area, as to what it means when


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we remain silent and do not object to worth seeing American servicepersons
those issues that are not silly, just
die daily in an Iraqi quagmire you
plain wrong.
helped launch!
How could anyone other than the
David L. Blatt
"powers to be" not be just plain silly
if they have a different opinion, many
quite thought provoking, than that of
the prevailing powers?
At the end of the day, it is what is
inside the HMC and all that it repre-
sents that will be most meaningful.
Located elsewhere, in a campus-like
I am writing this letter concerning
setting with nature all around instead the International Affairs debate with-
of a bank, a restaurant, traffic, etc., it in the Farmington school district
could have been a world-class institu- because I have yet to hear the voice of
a student who experienced the class
Marvin Berman firsthand. It seems a shame that par-
West Bloomfield ents would attack one of the most
advanced and challenging courses by
saying they had a problem with the
way the district passed it into the cur-
The course is a revision of a 3-year-
old course by a similar name,
As a religious Jew opposed to the Iraq International Issues. The revised cur-
intervention and a former Detroiter, I riculum was worked upon for an
can tell you that Jewish Renaissance
entire academic year and was
Media's defense of the Jewish neocon- approved by the Curriculum
servatives is false and inaccurate
Frameworks Committee, whose
("Debunking The `Neocon'
members include parents from the
Conspiracy Theory," Aug. 29, page
I am a Jewish American, a
Jewish neocons, more loyal to the
University of Michigan freshman and
doctrines of Israeli Libertarian
a 2003 graduate of North
Vladimir Jabotinsky than the found-
Farmington High School. The
ing American fathers, did actively
International Issues class I participat-
lobby for the current war in Iraq.
ed in was the most mentally and ide-
Anyone who doubts my assertion
ologically stimulating course I partici-
need only check out the archived
pated in throughout my high school
online versions of the National
career. The teacher, Mr. Elias Khalil,
Review, Weekly Standard and New
ran such an incredible classroom; he
Republic, and David Horowitz's cyber maintained a constant challenging
abomination Front Page, to see for
and learning environment for all stu-
themselves what neocons Paul
Wolfowitz, David Frum, Jonah
The parents' opposing references to
Goldberg, Bill Kristol and others said all the anti-Semitic and anti-
before and since the March invasion.
American Web sites referenced in
I, for one, am appalled class as stated in the curriculum
not only by their devious amazed me. The world is both — like
betrayal of their country, it or not. The district and the teach-
well documented in both ers know what is school appropriate;
Patrick Buchanan's right- although we went to Web sites that
wing American
could be construed as anti-this and
Conservative magazine as anti-that, we were referencing them
well as the liberal The
in an objective and safe atmosphere.
Nation, but by their
If parents have problems with the
obvious hypocrisy.
district's policy on passing a curricu-
Having weighed into
lum, deal with that; don't drag an
the debate on Iraq, the
amazing, college-prep level course
Elliot Abramses of the
and teacher through the mud under
world have the audacity
false pretenses. With the world in
to scream "anti-
such a volatile state, it seems appro-
Semitism" and "liar"
priate to put into place an exciting
when their perfidy is
class that deals with the changing
exposed. Sorry boys, but
world and how America reacts to it.
preserving the West
Michael Zakalik
Bank settlements isn't
Ann Arbor

Global Course
Is Stimulating

Neocons Are
Way Off Base

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