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Kudos To Israel Activists
In Defeating U-M BDS Ploy
On Tuesday, March 25, the Boycott,
Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) move-
ment against Israel experienced a defeat
when the Central Student Government
at the University of Michigan strongly
rejected a resolution that would have
supported the divestment from certain
companies doing business with Israel.
The proceedings were telecast,
enabling one to hear and see speakers
for and against the resolution.
Credit for the positive outcome must
be given to all the pro-Israel organiza-
tions —AIPAC, CAMERA, StandWithUs
and others — who had student repre-
sentatives on campus, trained by these
organizations to be ready to advocate for
Israel in just such situations.
These student representatives had
also been prepared to lead other pro-
Israel students to act together in hostile
Credit must also be given to Tilly
Shames, the director of U-M Hillel, who
brought the student leaders together
to create a unified plan of action.
Congratulations to all on a job well done.
Unfortunately, this is probably not
the last we will see of such resolutions
and other hostile anti-Israel events;
but the Jewish students and their sup-
porters on campus and in the com-
munity will be much better prepared to
Reports Of Intimidation
At U-M Must Be Addressed
Watching the proceedings of the U-M
Central Student Government (CSG) on
March 25, it became clear that the envi-
ronment on this campus should be of
concern for our Jewish community.
At a previous meeting, SAFE
(Students Allied for Freedom and
Equality), a pro-Palestinian group, pre-
sented a BDS resolution. The CSG voted
to table the resolution.
At Tuesday's meeting, several CSG
members spoke about the intimidating
atmosphere they subsequently faced
because of that vote. One student said
he had not gone to class because of
the intimidating environment, which
included a sit-in at the Student Union
after the vote to table. According to the
Washington Free Beacon, Jewish stu-
dents were called "kike" and "dirty Jew"
and some students even received death
Whether the Free Beacon's reporting
is accurate or not, I do not know, but
the students on the CSG clearly vocal-
ized their fears. Their decision to vote
by secret ballot — they voted 25-9 to
reject the resolution — is likely an indi-
cation of the intimidating atmosphere.
The university's response to this intim-
idation and its tepid action regarding the
phony eviction notices recently sent to
students seem to indicate that the uni-
versity's administration has an "I-don't-
much-care" attitude in this matter.
Cap & Gown Comin In May
he Jewish News will honor all Jewish students who are graduating
this spring from Michigan high schools in our new Cap & Gown
Yearbook 2014. The Yearbook will be published in the May 22 JN.
For free, we will include a photo and up to 40 words listing the student's
name, school and accomplishments. We also encourage families to honor
their students or out-of-state graduates with a congratulatory ad.
It is easier than ever for students and their families to submit their
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congratulatory ads at the link as well.
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Any questions? Call Jackie Headapohl, (248) 351-5110 or jheadapohl@
I hope that our Federation and Jewish
Community Relations Council will take
leadership in asking the university to speak
out and take firm action against those who
threatened the students. Unfortunately, it
appears though that "shah, still" (Yiddish
for "don't say anything") is the operating
norm as it has been for most of Jewish
history. I think we all deserve better from
Sylvia C. Fleshman
Haters Of Israel Promote
Lies And Hostility At U-M
I commend members of U-M's Jewish
community and their allies in their
defeat of the divestment resolution at
While Tilly Shames, Hillel executive
director, calls for "respectful dialogue
and meaningful unifying work:' it's
important to understand that none of
that can be expected from any of the
campus BDS promoters. As Eugene
Greenstein recounted in his review of
Ali Abunimah's visit to U-M (March
27, page 5), the Israel haters are deter-
mined to create a hostile atmosphere
toward Israel and toward Jews. They
will continue to promote lies. They will
continue to bully and intimidate pro-
Israel students as long as they can get
away with it.
Rather than react to the hatred and
demonization, Jewish groups need to
get the truth out. Hold rallies. Bring
pro-Israel speakers to U-M. Don't let
the Israel haters constantly take the
See a story about U-M on page 1 and an
editorial and op-ed pieces on pages 28-29.
Women's Book Club
Celebrates 30th Year
Thank you for your recognition of local
book groups in the cover-page article
"Read a Good Book Lately?" (March 20).
Unfortunately, the Oakland
Community College Womencenter
Book Group was overlooked.
I am privileged to be a member of
this group of women that meets twice
monthly and will be celebrating its 30th
anniversary in the fall. We are unique
in that we read both fiction and non-
fiction exclusively written by women.
The group is organized and facilitated
by Arlene Frank, OCC Womencenter
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