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News And Free Press
Are Criticized For Ad
Regarding the important Aug. 15 let-
ter in the Jewish News from Zionist
Organization of America-Michigan
Region Executive Director Kobi Erez,
"Anti-Israel Advertisement Opposes U.S.
Interests" (page 5), letters were immedi-
ately issued to the Detroit News and Free
Press rebutting the misleading false-
hoods in their advertisement.
When the rebuttals were not pub-
lished, the letters were followed up to
both the News and Free Press with this
"I am very disappointed that you
allowed such a blatantly anti-Israel ad in
your newspaper without a rebuttal for
the public to see.
"Did you 'vet' the advertisers? If you
did, you would have seen only anti-
Israel bias, no even-handed discussion
regarding both parties in the Middle
"Your journalistic behavior is irre-
sponsible and questionable!"
Israel and the Jewish people are under
assault everywhere in the world, and it
is imperative that we stand up against
What are you doing to stand up for
Israel and the Jewish people?
Whose Side Are
We On Anyway?
Blood oozes down the streets of Syria
and Egypt. Homemade videos from
Syria show women and children pre-
sumably poisoned from chemical weap-
ons. The thrown-out-of-power Muslim
Brotherhood burns Christian churches
and kills Coptic Christians in the streets.
Yet, President Obama and his admin-
istration remain silent in the presence of
rampant horrors in the Mideast.
We abandoned Iraq, sent drones
throughout Afghanistan and never said
a word about leaders of Iran threatening
Israel with annihilation. Yet, Secretary
of State John Kerry, as a start to the
"peace process!' was able to "strongly
pressure" Israel to release 26 Palestinian
terrorists convicted of murdering inno-
cent Israelis, demanding nothing from
Among the released was Al-Haaj
Othman Amar Mustafa, a Palestinian
convicted in 1991 of killing U.S. citi-
zen and former U.S. Marine Frederick
Steven Rosenfeld. How is that for
U.S. State Department spokeswoman
Marie Harf wouldn't comment if the
convicted murderers were "freedom
fighters" or terrorists. She answered
repeatedly, "I do not have a position on
No position? Whose side are we on
What is the right term for pushing
our one democratic ally to release con-
victed murders while saying nothing
about the horrific bloodshed in the
lands of its neighbors?
An American shandeh.
Young Detroiters Shine
As MDA Volunteers
Few communities around the world can
boast of so many young adults volun-
teering for Magen David Adorn (MDA),
Israel's emergency medical, ambulance
and blood services agency.
As MDA is not government funded,
it relies on donors and volunteers from
around the world to fulfill its mission
of saving lives in Israel. Kol Hakavod
[all the respect] to these young adults
for volunteering and to their parents,
friends and families for encouraging
(and funding) their participation.
A huge thank you to Contributing
Editor Robert Sklar for his article (Aug.
15, page 12) sharing the efforts of these
47 volunteers and that they will be hon-
ored at the Dr. John J. James Chapter-
Michigan Region of American Friends of
Magen David Adom (AFMDA) Annual
Event on Sept. 22 at Congregation
Shaarey Zedek in Southfield.
Proceeds from the event will help
sponsor three or more ambulances for
the Central Galilee, Michigan Jewry's
partner region. The first has all 47 vol-
unteer names listed on the passenger
doors and the next two will show school
pride — Go Blue! and Go Spartans!
MDA needs 100 new ambulances
this year, and ambulances must be fully
funded before they may be freighted to
Israel. To make your contribution to the
ambulances, now, so that we may show-
case them at the event, and for event
reservations, call (877) 405-3913 or go
Cari Margulis Immerman
• "Over The River" (Aug. 1, page 10)
reported that Windsor's Congregation
Shaarey Zedek was holding services
in the chapel at Congregation Shaar
Hashomayim because its building closed
in 2012. To be more specific, the Shaarey
Zedek building in Windsor suffered a
flood, and the congregation has not yet
determined if it will eventually move
back to it or pursue another option.
On Rosh Hashanah di Yidn * would
With all their hearts and all their
And alle tkios** they will hear
Mit*** lots of awe and also fear,
So hob a guten yohr,**** I'll say.
* di Yidn — the Jews
** alle tekios — all the shofar
*** mit — with
**** hob a guten yohr — have a
United Jewish Organization's first,
second and third generation sur-
vivors invite the community to its
annual Holocaust Yizkor Memorial
Service at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, at
Hebrew Memorial Park Cemetery
at Gratiot and 14 Mile in Clinton
Those in need of transportation
can call Lillian at (248) 444-8887.
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