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The Detroit Jewish News, 2007-09-06

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Editor's Letter

Israel's Siren Call


hat happened makes you wonder: An ailing
elderly man from Ramallah is accompanied by
his son. A Palestinian Red Crescent ambulance
transports them to the West Bank checkpoint just outside
Jerusalem. There, the two passengers are moved into an Israeli
ambulance and taken to Hadassah Hospital for treatment.
Adam Horwitz, a University of
Michigan sophomore, was aboard that
Magen David Adorn (MDA) ambu-
lance as a certified first responder, or
trained volunteer.
"The most stunning part was the
calm and affable conversation between
my driver and the son:' Horwitz
recalled. "It was not quite the Israeli-
Palestinian relationship I would have
Me neither. Individual Palestinians
certainly can be civil and open to co-
existence. But don't be duped: The Palestinian Authority, the
official voice of Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas, who gov-
erns the West Bank, continues to glorify terrorists and present
them as role models for kids. A story appearing in Al Hayat Al
Jadida, owned by the P.A., report-
ed that a Tulkarem school named
a soccer tournament after Ziyad
Da'as, who planned the attack in
which a gunman opened fire with
an M-16 rifle at a bat mitzvah in
Hadera in 2002, killing six people
and wounding 30 more. The Aug.
15 article praised the terrorist,
whom Israeli special forces killed
seven months later, as "one of the
brave people of the Palestinian

looked straight ahead, pointing at the sign, as we honked and
stared in complete bewilderment as he continued to walk."
Horwitz is well grounded in tikkun olam — repair of the
world. He's a graduate of Hillel Day School in Farmington
Hills and Frankel Jewish Academy in West Bloomfield. He and
three former classmates at Hillel Day School — Sander Rubin,
David Sallen and Michael Goldstein — arrived for duty at
MDA!s Bloomberg Station in Jerusalem with a purpose: to
help repair the Jewish ancestral homeland.
"I felt added pride when riding in the No. 49 and the No. 20
ambulances," Horwitz said. "The wording on the side of the
doors honored people and organizations I knew from Detroit;
they provided the funds for the ambulances' purchase."

The Charach Factor
In a video presentation, the dinner spotlighted MDA!s new sta-
tion in Ashdod on Israel's southern coast. The station, a sym-
bol of Israel's determination, serves about 500,000 people. It is
named for the Charaches, the Mames chapter's most generous
The Natalie and Manny Charach MDA Emergency Medical
Center stands in tribute to the human pillars behind the chap-
ter: Eva Mames of Southfield and her late husband, John. He
was a devoted Zionist who found-
ed the chapter in the wake of the
Six-Day War in 1967. John died in
1989, but his spirit and strength
still resonate in every beat of the
chapter's work.
Eva, whose family was inciner-
ated at Auschwitz, has a heart of
gold and Moses-like magnetism.
She's a gift to Detroit Jewry. She
spoke passionately at the Charach
station's dedication on May 4,
capturing why Israel matters to
diaspora Jews.
"We want you to know that
The Detroit Connection
The Natalie and Manny Charach MDA Emergency
we in America, we in Michigan,
Horwitz, 19, is the son of Detroit
Medical Center in Ashdod
stand proudly in solidarity with
Jewish News Publisher Arthur
Israel, that we exult in your
Horwitz and his wife, Gina.
miraculous accomplishments and that we feel for you in your
Speaking at the Aug. 26 annual dinner of the Dr. John J.
Mames Chapter of the American Red Magen David for Israel
pain and sorrow:' she said.
(ARMDI)-Michigan Region, Adam recounted his seven-week
"When you pass by and admire this striking facility, or
MDA experience this year. MDA is Israel's national emergency, when you receive top-notch treatment from the medical pro-
fessionals within, remember that we care about you and love
blood and rescue service.
The dinner, honoring Helen and Fred Brown of Bloomfield
you, for it is incumbent upon all of us as one people to be our
brother's keepers. And it is this — our very humanity — that
Hills, drew 350 supporters. It was a moment to savor MDA's
good work, not a fundraiser. Over the last 40 years, however,
triumphs over evil."
the chapter has raised $15 million for MDA for such things
The Charach station and the Mames chapter remind us
as bulletproof vests and paramedic scholarships. It also has
that even in the grip of death and destruction at the hands
of modern-day Hamans, Jews cherish life above all else. They
given 220 ambulances as gifts, 31 by Natalie and Manny
remind us of the heroism, nobility and resilience of Israel, a
Charach of West Bloomfield, the most by any family associ-
tiny sliver of biblical land that increasingly seems the world's
ated with ARMDI. A basic ambulance today costs $75,000.
most-hated nation because of its capacity to survive.
Much of what Adam Horwitz witnessed was not unusual:
a man having a heart attack, a slip and fall in a residence,
a scorpion bite, a traffic crash. But he also saw things that
0 : Do you ever think about living amid the
F.- •
would shock Americans, like Israelis not yielding for an
constant threat of terror?
approaching ambulance. "Cars honk and refuse to give an
Z z Do you ever re-evaluate your part in
inch:' Horwitz said. "Our drivers have to fight."
He added, "We even had an old man who forced us to slam
a. CL Israel's struggle to survive?
the brakes because he had a green light for his crosswalk. He










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