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Frat Brothers Campaign

Two Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity brothers
now living in California have joined forces
to campaign for parole for a woman who
has served nearly three decades in prison
for a murder she did not commit.
Elliot Darvick, 24, is the son of Martin
and Debra Darvick of Birmingham and a
content and development strategy leader for
an automotive Internet company in Orange
County. His fraternity brother, Adam Reich,
25, from Long Island, N.Y., is a law student
at the University of Southern California.
Reich was assigned the case of Connie
Keel last year. In 1980, Keel was convicted
of being an accessory to murder while,
according to Darvick's Web site, "she stayed
in a car paralyzed in fear while her abusive
husband and his cousin made a spur-of-
the-moment decision to rob a liquor store
and shoot the clerk!'

Last fall, Reich
argued that Keel should
be paroled; on Oct. 29,
the state parole board
agreed. Gov. Arnold
Schwarzenegger must
make a decision in the
case by March 27.
Reich enlisted
Darvick to create a
Web site for Keel to
put pressure on the
governor. The Web site
— freeconnie.com
— went live on Feb. 7;
it had more than 3,000
Elliot Darvick
hits in its first few
weeks. The three-page
site includes information about the case,
ways to contact Schwarzenegger and argu-

ments used by Reich and the
parole board in recommend-
ing Keel's release.
Darvick is a product
of Hillel Day School of
Metropolitan Detroit,
School in Bloomfield Hills
and Washington University
of St. Louis, where he met
Reich said that statis-
tics are not in Keel's favor
— California governors
rarely parole convicted fel-
ons. However, he said, their
campaign will make it hard
for Schwarzenegger to give
the case "just a cursory glance."

— Alan Hitsky, associate editor

Primin Our Defens

f you have a son, a daughter, a niece, a nephew, a grandchild or a friend
who is a college student unaware of how to react to orchestrated anti-
Israel rallies on campus, take note: Easy-to-grasp materials from the
international Israel education organization StandWithUs can help.
The timing is pivotal.
The fifth annual Israeli Apartheid Week on campuses worldwide took place
last week. Its anti-Semitic effects will linger throughout the month and
beyond. IAW, which operates from offices around the world, including New
York City, is a hate-filled spectacle calculated to energize anti-Zionists and
win over the uninformed. The goal is to demonize Israel by equating it with
racist South Africa, which reigned 25 years ago, and to justify demands for
the same cultural and economic boycotts imposed to end apartheid.
Los Angeles-based StandWithUs got it right: "IAW is an effort to lynch
Israel through a free-for-all of misinformation and wild exaggeration that
often crosses the line into traditional anti-Semitic libel applied now to the
Jewish state."
StandWithUs materials are available via www.standwithus.com . Click on
Apartheid Response Materials.
One booklet illustrates that the pluralistic, open, democratic Jewish
state is, in fact, the opposite of apartheid's legal system of oppression
and discrimination based on skin color. Another booklet spotlights the
Arab nations that systemically practice gender, sexual orientation, religious and racial apartheid.
Hampering the Jewish community in countering the anti-Zionist propaganda machine is an inability to refocus
the world on the lies and distortions of Israel's enemies, who use their fundamental hatred of Zionism to support
intolerance and tyranny. Too many Jews are under informed and recoil.
Strengthening the knowledge of our college students should help inspire the rest of us to learn how to refute
the defamations hurled unceasingly toward the Jewish ancestral homeland.





— Robert Sklar, editor

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