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The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-09-12

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Israel Insigjit

THE ISSUE

Last week, a local Palestinian
American leader was quoted
expressing satisfaction that the
Palestinian Authority had lost its
prime minister throug,h a power
struggle, saying it was an example
of "democracy." A closer examina-
tion of the issue might bring a dif-
ferent conclusion.

BEHIND THE ISSUE

Mahmoud Abbas' resignation as
Palestinian prime minister was engi-
neered by Yasser Arafat, who
wouldn't share political pbwer or
control over the security forces with
Abbas, nor allow a confrontation
with the terrorist organizations. In
the past three years, there are sever-
al thousand dead Palestinians, many
more injured, and their economy is
in ruins. In a real democracy, Arafat
and his cronies would be tested by
public demonstrations, a free press
and the electorate.

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25 organizations present. Activities at
the open house included a live band,
raffles and a contest to name Hillel's
kosher hot dog cart, which stands
daily in front of the Michigan League
on North University.
At the American Movement for
Israel table at the open house, it was
business as usual for co-chair Sol
Adelsky, 19, from Livingston, N.J.
"Basically, this is our chance to let
freshman and other interested students
know what we're about," he said.
"We're inside, so students feel com-
fortable approaching us and talking to
us and we don't feel any need to
defend ourselves."
And Becky Eisen, 20, from
Bethesda, Md., co-chair of the
Progressive Israel Alliance, said she
thinks having a table at the open
house and connecting with the Jewish
student population on campus
through the official outlet provided is
the most effective way to reach people,
regardless of a group's specific message.
"I think I'm reaching more people
in here by working through Hillel and
by showing my message, that I'm
Jewish and I support both an Israeli
state and a Palestinian state, and that
I'm willing to work within the existing
framework, Hillel, in order to get my
message across," she said. :17

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