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The Detroit Jewish News, 2014-04-24

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Expand Scope Of Vigilance

Kansas shootings a wakeup to threat of lone gunmen.


lone-wolf shooter — a ran-
dom, violent, unpredictable
hatemonger — struck the
Jewish community once more, kill-
ing three Christians outside Jewish
institutions and sending shockwaves
through Jewish America. It's likely his
intent was to kill Jews.
Lone wolves represent a phe-
nomenon haunting the Jewish com-
munal world because of the threat
Overland Park Police guard the entrance to the Jewish Community
by haters acting alone. The Jewish
Campus of Greater Kansas City in Kansas.
community must raise the bar on an
already heightened level of organiza-
tional vigilance. One way to stop lone Kansas City, a day school and other
agency leadership as well as local law
wolves is repelling them through the
communal agencies.
enforcement to ensure the safety of
hardening of soft targets.
The gunman proceeded to Village
our organizations.
Such shooters act on the fringes of Shalom, a Jewish assisted-living facil-
"Providing for the security of the
community remains our top prior-
fanaticism. They're harder to detect
ity 11/2 miles away, where he shot to
and monitor than terrorist cells. Each death a 53-year-old occupational
ity, and our team will continue to
act by a lone wolf underscores how
therapist visiting her mother.
maintain a strong presence at each of
imperiled we are, how
After Miller was arrested, our partner organizations:' read the
aware we must be.
reports indicate he yelled
On April 13, a day
"heil Hitler" — a Nazi
The letter was an important
before the first Passover
salute to the German
reminder that each time we visit
seder, a shooter identi-
our JCC buildings, Federation,
fied as Frazier Glenn
the Holocaust Memorial Center, a
Miller, 73, of Aurora,
Local Response
synagogue, a day school, an eldercare
Mo., an avowed white
The Jewish Federation of
facility or another Jewish space, a
supremacist and a for-
Metropolitan Detroit was
team allied with Jewish Detroit safety
mer grand dragon of
quick to react to news of
is acting on our behalf. It's crucial to
Robert Sklar
the Overland Park trag-
the Ku Klux Klan, shot
our community wellbeing that this
Contrib uting
a retired physician and
edy to help allay fears as
team maintains the highest level of
Edit or
his 14-year-old grandson
Passover neared. In an
tracking, response and recalibration,
in the parking lot of
online community let-
especially relating to general public-
the Jewish Community
ter, local Federation/
ity of events and activities as well as
Campus in Overland Park, Kan.
Foundation leaders Doug Bloom,
parking lot surveillance.
The teen was there to try out for
Todd Sachse and Scott Kaufman
Federation governors face the
KC SuperStar, an American Idol-
extended condolences and support to tightrope task of balancing local
style annual fundraiser for the JCC,
all "affected by the senseless act:' The social and funding needs as well as
housed at the Campus building along letter noted that Federation's security subsidizing Israel missions against
with the Jewish Federation of Greater team was working closely "with our
further bolstering community secu-
rity. For example, is it time to con-
trol access to parking areas or make
Greenberg's View
guards, armed or otherwise, more
For their part, each of our com-
munal organizations must work
tirelessly to minimize the potential
for a lone wolf to get traction along
the pathways of our Jewish life here
in Metro Detroit.

John Kerry concludes another Mideast peace effort

Encouraging Words
Even lone wolves have enablers.
In Miller's case, one longtime
enabler has been Daniel Clevenger,
newly elected mayor of the sus-
pect's hometown, Marionville, Mo.
Clevenger hasn't been coy, calling
Miller a friend and aligning with
his white supremacist and anti-
Jewish views.

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Israel Shows How
Meaningful Life Is

mangled in
Syria's civil
war between President
Bashar Assad's Alawite
regime and Sunni reb-
els receive more than
just high-end medical
attention at northern
Israel hospitals. Many
also find Israel isn't the
mortal enemy Syrian
leaders portray it to
One Syrian whose leg had been amputated in
Syria's strife, possibly by a mortar shell, told JTA
that despite unrelenting House of Asad indoctri-
nation of hatred toward Israel, Israeli hospitals
showed him only the best of care. "All of the
Israelis I met, Arabs and Jews, seemed unified,"
he said, referring to staff at Ziv Medical Center in
In the past year, hospitals in northern Israel
have cared for more than 700 wounded Syrians
who crossed the Syria-Israel border on the Golan
Heights. The Israel Defense Forces runs a field
hospital there and transfers patients elsewhere if
they require a higher level of treatment. Northern
Israel hospitals honed their wartime trauma
treatment spurs during Israel's 2006 war with
Hezbollah, the Lebanon-based terrorist group.
Syria, long a proxy for nuclear bomb-seeking
Iran, and Israel have effectively been at war since
Israeli statehood in 1948. Israel captured the
Golan Heights from Syria in 1967; the strategic
high ground remains a point of international con-
It's stunning to think Israel has saved so many
lives in Syria's three-year-long internal conflict,
which has taken some 140,000 Syrian lives and
has dragged the Jewish state into the fray not
only militarily, but also medically. This picture is
yet another example of how precious the ances-
tral Jewish homeland views life, no matter who
the patient is. Syrian patients tend to be severely
injured, and their medical complications tend to
have manifested before Israeli doctors even get a
look. Inbred Syrian disdain and skepticism toward
any Israeli doesn't help.
Illustrating just how amazing embattled Israel
is, Israeli Arabs, of all people, have stepped up in
their role as northern Israel medical personnel to
help Syrian patients traverse the rocky cultural
terrain they confront as patients in Israel.
Syrian patient mistrust within Israel emanates
for various reasons, including the cultural chasm,
an anti-Zionist inculcation, and a feeling of alone-
ness, uncertainty or suspicion.
The fact remains; such leeriness invariably dis-
sipates into a sense of gratitude among Syrians
wounded in their nation's travails, but lucky
enough to discover resourceful healing in Israel, a
country Damascus so incredulously despises.

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