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The Detroit Jewish News, 2014-05-08

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A Plea For More
Organ Donors
On the fifth anniversary of my son
Steve's liver transplant, he is doing
very well despite other medical prob-
lems. He looks at his life as his cup
being "overflowing."
His wife, Jacqui, expresses this
grateful plea for others sign up to
become organ donors:
"Steve and I will never know the
person or their family who gave him
a second chance at life. The only way
that we can repay their generosity is
to ask others to give as selflessly. I am
begging each of you to visit one of
two websites: www.organdonor.gov or
"Even though you may have already
agreed to be a donor on your driver's
license, it is still important to register
online. This truly states your wishes
and helps your family to not have to
make that decision for you."

Marilynn Jones
East Lansing

Key-Shaped Challah Is
A Post-Pesach Tradition
There is a special custom among
observant Jews to make the first shab-
bat challah after Pesach to be in the
form of a key.
This custom is called Challah
Maftayach (literally, a challah key).
Representing a request for Hashem
to open the Shaarey Shamayim (Gates
of Heaven) to receive our prayers for
good health, livelihood and all man-
ner of blessings, the key is available at
bakeries in Israel or, as shown in the
picture, prepared in private homes,
like this one by my wife, Lea.

Jonathan Brateman

B'Tselem Misrepresents
Israel's Role In Territories
Regarding the Point/Counterpoint
article "West Bank Is Under 'Military
Occupation:" authored by Jessica
Montell, executive director of B'Tselem
(May 1, page 39), it is a blatant hit piece
on the IDF — ignoring history, mixing
fact with propaganda and spouting mis-
Firstly, occupation resulted because
Israel was forced to defend itself
in three wars started by combined
Egyptian, Syrian and Jordanian armies.
Were it not for those attacks, Israel
would not have been forced to take and
administer the disputed territories.
Remember, when Egypt accepted the
Camp David Accords, Israel returned
almost all the conquered and admin-
istered Egyptian lands (Egypt did not
want the return of Gaza).
Over 90 percent of the present dis-
puted territories (Judea and Samaria)
would have been turned over to the
Palestinians if they would have accept-
ed the Oslo Accords, negotiated in
good faith and recognized the State of
Israel. Instead, in contravention of their
pledge, the Palestinians continued their
terrorist attacks. In fact, Yasser Arafat
stated that the objective of his agree-
ment was not the establishment of two
states, but only a step toward the elimi-
nation of Israel and its replacement by a
Palestinian state.
Israel must retain a military pres-
ence in the disputed territories until the
Palestinian Authority stops the violence
against Israel, recognizes its existence
and negotiates in good faith. To do oth-
erwise courts national suicide.
Montell claims that Palestinians
in the administered territories are
denied their rights and subjected to
the "whims" of the Israeli government.
She does not state that numerous times
the Israeli Supreme Court has ruled in
favor of the Palestinians in the disputed
We can get a look into the mindset,
if not motives, of B'Tselem by read-
ing Chapter 5 of Edwin Black's book
Financing the Flames. Black reveals
through interviews and actual experi-
ence how B'Tselem stages video events
to purposely make the IDF look bad
and oppressive.

Irving Ginsberg, Ph.D.
Farmington Hills

Israeli Military Rule Is
Needed In Some Areas
I would like to make a few factual cor-
rections to the article "West Bank is
Under 'Military Occupationn" (May 1,
page 39), written by Jessica Montell,

Yiddish Limerick

Ask Attorney
Ken Gross

Your Legal

Genug Iz Genug!

Es raignt by nacht, * it's raining all day.
Genug iz genug,** that's all I can say.
Oy, rain gay aveck,' un kum
nisht**** no more
Mir hobn genug***** for a
gantz gantze yohr.******
Mir darfn dir raign******* but now
go away.

* Es raignt by nacht — it's raining
by night
** Genug iz genug — enough is
***gay aveck — go away
**** un kum nisht — and don't
***** Mir hobn genug — we have
******gantz gantze yohr — a
whole year
******* Mir darfn dir raign — We
need your rain

— Rachel Kapen

executive director of B'Tselem, an
Israeli organization which has been
presenting a decidedly skewed pro-Pal-
estinian view of Jewish-Arab relations
in Judea and Samaria.
Caroline Glick, deputy managing
editor of the Jerusalem Post, charged
"B'Tselem and other allegedly human
rights groups are organizations in Israel
with documented histories of falsifying
and distorting date
Montell writes that "all Palestinians
are subject to jurisdiction of the Israeli
military." The facts are that after the
Oslo Accord in 1993, Israel withdrew its
military rule from some parts of Judea
and Samaria, which was at that time
divided into three administrative divi-
sions, as follows:
Area A: This is where 55 percent of
Palestinians in Judea and Samaria live.
Both the security and administration
here are totally in the hands of the
Palestinians, not the Israeli army.
Area B: This is where 41 percent of

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