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Suggestion Off Base

What is the difference between
Sherwin Wine's suggestion ("Local
Reaction," March 26; page 18) that
it was a mistake for Israel to kill
Sheik Ahmed Yassin versus returning
to the conference table and suggest-
ing that we Jews should have negoti-
ated with Pharaoh, Haman and
Hitler?
When will we Jews learn the fun-
damental lesson of the Holocaust,
i.e., when your enemy says he
intends to kill you — believe him
and act accordingly.
When will we Jews also recognize
the views of Sherwin Wine for what
they are: naive, self-hating and
wrong?
David Arm

West Bloomfield

Micah Reaches Out

I was deeply touched by the March
19 article on Micah Fialka-Feldman
("New Guy On Campus," page 31).
As the program director of Hillel
of Metro Detroit, I have had the
honor and privilege of working with
Micah during the school year. Micah
has played an active role in Hillel
programming, as a Stern Tzedek
Hillel Fellow, as a participant in
HMD's bowling league and as an
active member of Oakland
University's Jewish Student
Organization. Thank you for such
wonderful coverage on an exception-
al young man.
Lesley Zwick
program director,

Hillel of Metro Detroit

Micah Enriches All

What an absolute pleasure and
source of pride it was for all of our
staff and me to read about Micah
Fialka-Feldman ("New Guy on
Campus," March 19, page 31).
In his 12 years of attending
Tamarack Camps, Micah has
touched the lives of literally thou-
sands of campers and staff. As a
camper for nine years and a staff
member for three, Micah has been
an integral part of our camp popula-
tion, bringing his contagious smile
and incredible warmth to everyone.
Camp is about building friend-
ships, working together and enjoy-
ing the outdoors. Our participants
are constantly faced with new chal-



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brokering a peace agreement
between Israel and the Palestinian
Authority.
Also, suppose the next president
believes the U.S. should be a team
player in the United Nations, an
organization that has yet to define
terrorism or condemn Nazi-like
anti-Semitism. A president so per-
suaded, possibly John Kerry, could
be expected to pressure Israel into
accepting a seriously flawed peace
agreement with the P.A.
Should this occur, Israel would
have a difficult choice to make. On
the one hand, if it agrees to a peace
plan leaving in place terrorist organ-
izations such as Hamas and Islamic
Jihad, this would, in turn, invite a
new conflict, which could spread to
involve Hezbollah and its allies.
On the other hand, if Israel refus-
es to go along with such a peace
plan, the U.S. news media could
then be expected to blame Israel for
the failed peace process. As a result,
Israel's image would suffer, creating
an
atmosphere in which anti-
executive director,
Semitism
can thrive, as it has in
Tamarack Camps and the
Europe.
Fresh Air Society
The best hope to prevent either
Ortonville
outcome is to re-elect President
Bush.
Bush Best Choice
Irving Warshawsky

lenges — living away from family
and with 8-10 peers in a cabin; try-
ing sometimes daunting activities
like water-skiing, the high ropes
course or a camp-wide theatrical
play for the very first time.
Micah has embodied the spirit of
camp, trying his best at it all and
encouraging everyone around him to
do the same. He personifies our
Jewish ideals of unselfishness, put-
ting others' needs before his own
and doing whatever he can to make
our corner of the world a better
place.
Horizons and Horizons Avodah
are wonderful programs at Tamarack
that enable Micah and many others
with special needs to be fully includ-
ed as campers and staff. But, as
Micah has proven, it is everyone else
who truly benefits. His determina-
tion and commitment to his peers
and staff assignments are beyond
impressive; he serves as a role model
for us all.
Jonah Geller

President

Since its creation in 1948, Israel has
been in two continuous wars — one
involving terrorism and the other a
propaganda war. In the former, ter-
rorist organizations have sought to
kill as many Israelis as possible; in
the latter, her allies have sought to
delegitimize the rationales for Israel's
existence.
Sadly, one can argue that the
propaganda war has been lost in
Europe. This view finds support in
the observations and commentary in
the Editor's Notebook of March 12
("The Still-Sounding Alarm," page 5).
To some, modern-day European
anti-Semitism may seem unbeliev-
able, perhaps as unbelievable as
German anti-Semitism had seemed
to assimilated German Jewry in the
1930s, prior to Kristallnacht. Now,
one may ask if the propaganda war
could also be lost in the United
States. Sadly, the answer is yes. And
it could happen more quickly than
presently seems possible.
As a scenario, suppose in the
upcoming presidential election a
president is elected who believes
that, to achieve a durable Middle
East peace, the United States has to
adopt an "even-handed" approach to

West Bloomfield

Thanks For George

Just a note to let you know how
much I look forward to reading
George Cantor's columns each week
(page 11 this week). He offers a
fresh viewpoint and often will say
things that we think, but for which
we have neither the courage nor the
words to express.
Thank you for the welcome addi-
tion to your newspaper.
Judy Gelman

West Bloomfield

thank the community members who
came to show their support and our
two major sponsors, the Jewish
Community Council of
Metropolitan Detroit and Wayne
State University Student Council.
Without their help and financial
support, we would not have been
able to bring this distinguished and
thought-provoking speaker to cam-
pus.
Lena Vikdorchik

senior; Wayne State University
Detroit

Israel Stand Applauded

I am so very proud and impressed
with Jim Hiller's response to the
threats made to his business, Hiller's
Markets, due to his support of Israel
("Standing With Israel", March 5,
page 13). He is a credit to the
Jewish people and our community.
As a child of Holocaust survivors
and the mother of a daughter who
has made aliyah, I especially appre-
ciate his ability to stand up for his
beliefs and not be intimidated by
anti-Semitic pressure. I have been
telling everyone I know about the
stand Jim Hiller has taken for Israel.
I have made copies of the ad he
placed in the Jewish News so that I
can pass it on to as many people as
possible.
I shop at Hiller's and will be there
even more often now buying Israeli
products as well as other fine prod-
ucts that they carry.
Helene Kappel-Weiss

West Bloomfield

Undo The U.N.

The original intent of the United
Nations was to provide a forum for
international diplomacy.
However, over quite a period of
time, it has deteriorated into what I
would call Nations United Against
Israel and Democracy.
My response is very clear: Any
nation that blatantly displays views
and agendas opposing Israel and
democracy in general is a blight and
deeply stains the moral character of
this assembly.
The only solution is for the expul-
sion of those nations and to disman-
tle their propaganda machine.
Let this Pesach bring about true
freedom for our world.
Rhoda Wallace

.

Dershowitz Talk Welcomed

On March 25, we were honored to
have Harvard University Professor
Alan Dershowitz at Wayne State
University speaking on "The Case
For Israel."
Professor Dershowitz spoke about
the importance of a two-state solu-
tion. He stressed that the current
Palestinian leadership is the deter-
rent for peace in the Middle East.
On behalf of the students at Hillel
of Metro Detroit, I would like to

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