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The Detroit Jewish News, 2004-01-09

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its sailors — we visited another bat-
tleship, the Missouri, the Mighty
Mo. The Missouri is where the
Japanese, following defeat, signed the
surrender papers. All around were
I read with disbelief the concluding
tourists ()fall ages, but
statement of Columnist George
mostly young families, vacationing in
Cantor's article "Question of Black
Hawaii, who had come to visit this
and White" (Jan. 2, page 11).
historic place.
He suggests that we should, "Cling
Shelly was curious to find out how
tenaciously to our identity in private
these Japanese people felt as they vis-
and make it nobody's business but
ited Pearl Harbor. One of the
our own." It appears that he thinks
Missouri guides said that although
we ought to be "closet Jews," as were
most of Japanese visitors to Pearl
the Marranos in the time of the
Harbor don't express their feelings
Spanish Inquisition. In my opinion,
because of a language barrier, one
that would be a pre s - cription for self-
English-speaking tourist once told
him, echoing the opinion of many,
In the land of the free and the
that Japan's defeat and surrender was
home of the brave r we don't need to
the best thing that could have hap-
feel uncomfortable with our Jewish
pened to his country. It transformed
identities. We should identify with
Japan from a country led by harsh
the message many of us gave by plac-
military rule into a free, democratic
ing our chanukiahs in our front win-
and prosperous country.
dows for all the neighbors to see. IS
This insightful self-assessment can
there discrimination out there? Yes.
spill over to other countries
Could someone- lose or be denied
still ruled by dictators whose sole
employment, at least partly due to
interest is power and self-preserva-
his or her Jewish identity? Yes.
tion, not the welfare of the people.
Should we then hide our identity?
North Korea and a host of African
and Middle East countries come to
What we should do is exercise the
talents we do have, for the good of
We just freed Iraq from such a dic-
the community. Additionally, we
tator while paying a daily price in
should conduct ourselves in the busi-
human sacrifice, a dear price.
ness world true to the ethical teach-
The Palestinian entity is another
ings of Judaism. If there are then
prime example of bad leadership.
bumps in the road with this
Until democracy and freedom come
approach, so be it. The Constitution
its way, there is no hope for peace
of the U.S. guarantees religious free-
between Israel and its Palestinian and
dom. We should not change who we
other Arab neighbors, or for victory
are or the pride in our heritage when
against the worldwide scourge of ter-
we walk out the front door.
Dr. Gerald H. Katzman ror.
Rachel Kapen
Farmington Hills

It's A Question Of
Black And White

West Bloomfield

Memories Of
Pearl Harbor

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During Chanukah, my husband,
Shelly, and I were in Hawaii. The
most meaningful aspect of our excur-
sion was the day spent in Pearl
Harbor, where the horrific attacks by -
the Japanese took place on the morn-
ing of Dec. 7, 1941, the day
President Roosevelt said would live in
infamy. The U.S. battleship, the
Arizona, was attacked suddenly by
Japanese warplanes; more than 1,000
young Americans were killed.
Before taking the boat ride to the
Arizona Memorial, erected in the
exact spot where the atrocity took
place — the ship was sunk and
remains an eternal resting place for

Misuse Of
`West Bank'

How can the Jewish News print
"Chanukah With The IDF" in the
"West Bank" city of Nablus? (Dec.
26, page 11).
This Jewish citation uses.an erro-
neous Arab reference of "West Bank"
as if it were gospel truth. It is not. It
is Nablus (from Naples, Italy) in the
Samarian Hills of Israel.
Besides, would the Jewish soldiers
in the Israel Defense Forces celebrate
Chanukah in the Arab "West Bank"?
No, they would not.
Harriet Drissman

Farmington Hills

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