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The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, November 14, 1978-Page 5

Apartheid
opponents
confer at
University
By MICHAEL ARKUSH
Delegates of the Midwest Coalition
for Liberation of Southern Africa voted
' lin their first formal meeting Sunday
at' the Michigan Union to establish an
Pinformation center in Chicago to
"distribute newsletters throughout the
region.
The creation of the Chicago center is
"another in a recent series of moves by
dpartheid opponents to build a strong
K'"regional network. The group seeks to
'force midwestern universities to divest
themselves of their stock in cor-
'porations with holdings in South Africa.
THE NEWSLETTER, the first issue
of which is scheduled to be released in
lath December, will probably contain a
list of upcoming regional events, a
summary of foreign news and updated
reports from the various college cam-
puses.
The 70-plus delegates who attended
Sunday's meeting also agreed to
"Pidecentralize the network by placing
greater emphasis on state-wide
organizations, such as the Michigan
'Caucus, to construct strong local anti-
api rtheid movements.
Many of the representatives ap-
'proved the measure because of the lack
of organized coalitions on most of the
'region's colleges and universities.
K ATE RUBIN, a member of the
Washtenaw County Coalition Against
Apartheid, said the decentralization of
responsibility is crucial so that effec-
tive local groups can be formed before
strengthening the regional network.
"The network doesn't have to be cen-
tralized now except for the information,
research and strategies which should
'lbe discussed. The purpose of the net-
" irk is to build up the local struggles,"
sid Rubin.
"'The newly-formed coalition voted to
"reconvene January, 12-14 in
Bloomington, Indiana. The group will
disscuss tactics and strategies toward
the goal of divestiture from South
Africa.
MEMBERS unanimously approved
the two-day conference so that the less
experienced organizations could learn
about successful programs planned by
other coalitions.
;It was also decided that delegates at
the, Bloomington conference, would
.discuss plans to organize regional ac-
tivities for the National Week of Action
on March 18-24 of next year. During
that week, many national, state, and
Ilqcal groups will hold rallies and teach-
ins, to publicize the struggle against the
white South African regime.
,Members at that conference will also
discuss the possibility of picketing
,eneral Motors' headquarters in
Detroit next March 23 to demonstrate
opposition to the auto company's in-
*yestments in South Africa.

Students rally against
shah, Carter policies.

Ar rnoto
THIS U.S. CITIZEN shows a note which he received recently, warning him that he
might be killed if he did not leave Iran before Dec. I.

U.S.

workers

in Iran warned

SAHWAZ, Iran (AP)-Scores of
Americans working here in the
southern oilfields of Iran have been the
targets of anonymous threats that they
will be killed unless they leave Iran
before Dec. 1. -
Since the threats began two weeks
ago, about 250 U.S. nationals, mainly
women and children, have fled this
dusty desert town on the northern edge
of the Persian Gulf. '
BUT MOST Americans randomly in-
terviewed said they plan to ignore the
threats, which hve come on the coat-
tails of bloody anti-government rioting
and political turmoil that has swept
Iran for the last 10 months and taken an
estimated 1,100 Iranian lives.
Some sais they were nervous, and few
of those interviewed would allow their
names to be used.
Over the weekend, the bloodiest
demonstrations occurred since the shah
appointed a military government last
Monday. The Pars news agency repor-
ted that about 20 persons were killed
and many injured.
NO ONE HAS claimed responsibility.
for the death threats, distributed on
photocopies of hand-printed leaflets
that read, "Warning-don't get kiled
(sic). Leave this country before first of
December."
Several Americans said the leaflets
were handed out by Iranian children in
the streets, stuck on their cars or stuf-
fed into their shopping bags in stores.
December is a Moslem holy month
when religious fervor runs high.
Some Americans here speculate that
the threats may have been made by
Moslems wholoppose Shah Mohammad
Reva Pahlavi because he encouraged

reforms that they believe are contrary
to Islamic teachings.
"WE'RE NOT taking them
seriously," said a senior U.S. executive
with the Oil Service Co. of Iran, which
operates the oilfields and refineries for
the state-run National Iranian Oil Co.
"Most of the folks I know plan to
bring their kids over from the states for
Christmas," said one Texan. "We've
got plenty of protection from the
military and we certainly don't feel
threatened."
There are about 2,000 Americans in
Ahwaz, and 45,000 throughout the coun-
try. There are about 50,000 Europeans
in Iran, and overall, some 700,000
foreigners.
The threats were made after the
37,000 Iranian oil workers launched a
nationwide anti-government strike on
Oct. 31, an unprecedented walkout that
slahsed the country's daily oil produc-
tion to one-sixth of its 6 million barrels
and cost the country $60 million a day in
revenues.
HOW LORI DID IT
EAST RUTHERFORD, N. J. (AP) -
Attractive Lori Campbell, a former
Miss North Dakota, has made an
unusual switch in careers. Lori now
trains race horses. She was formerly a
television actress.
The very first horse Lori saddled for
a race at the Meadowlands track, Stern
Sermon, won. The happy trainer
reminisced about her days in
Hollywood.
"I was interested in racing while I
was doing the Ben Casey television
show with Vince Edwards. I went to
Hollywood Park with Vince, who knows
a lot about horses.

By JOE VARGO
The Iranian Student Organization
(ISA) and the Organization of Arab
Students held a joint rally yesterday on
the Diag to protest the recent violence
in Iran and President Carter's con-
tinuing support of the shah.
Leaders of both groups led the crowd
of about 50 in chants of "The Shah is a
CIA puppet" and "Down with the
Shah."
Sponsors said yesterday's rally was
prompted by continuing and
widespread Iranian opposition to the
Shahi' regime.
"FOR THE PAST year and a half, the
Iranian people have continuously op-
posed the Shah's repressive regime,"
said a spokesman for the ISA, who
asked to be identified only as Ali. "The
Shah has responded to this criticism by
massacring thousands of protesters."
The participants also attacked
President Carter's recent public sup-
port of the Shah.
"During his campaign, Carter called
for human rights for all people," said
Ali. "Now, he is supporting the Shah's
regime even though he knows of the
slaughter going on in Iran.
"WE ARE CALLING for our
American friends, brothers and sisters
to raise their voices in opposition of
Carter's support of the Shah," he ad-
ded.
Forum held
on Mideast
situation
BY HOWARD WITT
Some rather emotional disagreemen-
ts highlighted a program entitled "Can
an Israeli and a Palestinian State
Coexist?" held last Sunday at the
American Friends Service Committee
Meetinghouse.
HARVARD University Professor of
Psychology and Social Relations Her-
bert Kelman, Tel Aviv University
Assistant Professor Menachem
Brinker, and Palestinian writer and
poet Fouzi El-Asmar participated in the
program.
Kelman's speech, which was heard
by about 80 people in attendance at the
conference, defined the Arab-Israeli
conflict in terms of psychological fears
on both sides. "Long range peace in the
Mideast requires the resolution of the
Palestinian issue in a way which is not a
total victory for either side, but
provides justice for both sides,"
Kelman asserted.-
Kelman 's comments sparked an
emotional debate between supporters
of the Palestine Liberation
Organization (PLO) and supporters of
Israel who were in the audience.

Yesterday's rally was different from
others by Shah opponents here in that
none of the protesters covered their
faces.
"The struggle has taken a new shape
now," said one woman who asked not to
be identified. "People are in the streets
and are being killed every day.
"AT THIS moment, people are being
massacred by the thousands," said one
protester who identified herself as
Mino.'"It would be kind of shameful to
cover our faces."
"We are fighting for basic human
rights," said Mahmoud Al-Awar, a
spokesman for the Organization of
Arab Students (OAS).
"The Shah is'plotting with the
Zionists in Israel to suppress Arabs and
Iranians and to exploit the natural
wealth of the area," said Al-Awar. "In
1973, he supplied Israel with oil during
the Israeli-Egyptian confrontation. He
intervened during the civil war in Iraa.
"Today, he is fighting the Popular
Front for the Liberation of Oman
(PFLO). The Shah knows that if the
PFLO wins in Oman, they will stop ex-
ploitation of natural wealth and in-
stitute a popular democratic
republic," he added.
THE PROTESTERS ended their
Diag rally by singing a song. They con-
tinued their protest downtown at City
Hall.

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Tenants say landlor d negitgent

(Continued from Page 1)
"If there are problems with his
smaller units, that might suggest
something'about how well he would run
a'larger place,"she said.
TIIE MAYOR'S appointed group, the
Downtown Advisory Committee, has
also voted unanimously against' the
project, Morris said.
'The tenants alsoi charged that a
faucet in the bathtub of one apartment
was leaking water through an electric
light fixture in the apartment below.
Kaplan admitted that this happened,
but blamed it on the second floor
residents who, he said, "don't know
'ow to take showers."
''aplan was also charged with
neglecting a fire escape.
RESIDENTS OF the Oakland St.
house said since the building inspector
came to the house about a week ago,
'some improvements have been made.
City Administrator Sylvester Murray
aid the charges against Kaplan were
{ot particularly relevant to the city's
job of approving the project. "We're
interested in getting money for the
lahd," Murray said.
'So far, Kaplan is the only bidder for
'& o'land'.
"MOST OF MY tenants are very
happy," Kaplan said. "We have an

excellent record."
Asked whether workmen would be
allowed to enter the apartments of
senior citi'zens without prior
notification, Kaplan said, "That's a
different issue. Most of the time senior
citizens are home."
Councilman Earl Greene (D-Second
Ward) said unless there is ' a chronic
problem with maintenance," he sees
the issues as two separate entities.
ONE TENANT, who asked not to be
identified, said storm windows were
promised for the beginning of the fall,
but were never put in. "I got pneumonia
because of the cold draft coming
through the windows. He lied several
times about the windows," she said.
Kaplan said he never promised anyone
windows but a letter shows he did.
She said even though she might go to
a meeting to witness criticism of
Kaplan, she would not speak against
him herself. "He scares me. I'm scared

he'll retaliate," she said. "There's no
telling what he'll do," she added.
Another tenant, Ron Levine, said
when things need fixing, "I have no
motivation to call Kaplan or his
secretaries because it may take
another threat to get anything done.
That seems to be the only thing they
understand," he said.
KAPLAN WOULD not comment on
whether other tenants are withholding
rent.
Clifford Sheldon (R-Third Ward),
said there have been several
discussions about approving Kaplan's
proposal but because of concerns about
"subsidized parking, the deal may be in
trouble to start with and this isn't going
to help".
However, he said, the situation is one
of character consideration and added
that he's not sure "how big a problem it
is. Something like this should be
brought out in a factual matter," he

said.
Oppenheim also said recently he was
surprised when, coincidentally, he was
talking to a colleague and was told by
the colleague that he had once been
hired to spy for Kaplan on people who
were threatening to withhold rent from
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