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OPINION
Sunday ,January 25, 1981

Page 4

The Michigan Daily

Two,
In central Israel, there stands a
,iHbbutz, bedecked with flowers an
trees, called Dalya. It is renowne
economic success, its industry (it
,mammoth detergent factory), and i
until a few years ago, the kibbutz
'uge dance festival each year that
participants and audiences from
Israel.
What I found most impressive abo
however, was not its physical comfo
Obliquity
"By Joshua Peck

votes for
beautiful He has made a personal crusade of per-
.d stately suading the Arabs to keep their ancient and
d for its distinctive architectural styles intact, even as
houses a they begin to modernize their living and
ts culture working places. He is concerned that the
hosted a Arabs, in hopes of emulating the more
attracted technologically advanced societies of Europe,
all over will abandon Arabic forms for the monotonous
building styles adopted by the Jews of Tel Aviv,
ut Dalya, for instance..
rts, or its . In pursuit of his quest, he spends much of his
time traveling to Arab towns around the coun-
try, meeting with Arab civic and religious
leaders, and explaining how modern roads, of-
fices and homes can be designed around
traditional Arab modes of construction.
THE PARTICULARS of Yom-tov's work are
clearly unimportant from the point of view of
establishing peace; who cares whether the en-
trace to some little Arab town is bedecked with
a blocky underpass or a gracefully rounded
Islamic-style arch? The important thing about
hitheatre. the architect's efforts are his motivations,
s unosten- especially as interpreted by his Arab
vance the colleagues.
ny Israeli It is clear that he cares that the non-Jewish
tov, which residents of the country sustain their rich
He chose traditions. He has respect and deep under-
Romania standing for Arab conceptions of beauty, par-
rfectly his ticularly (but not exclusively) with regard to
architecture. His enthusiasm for things
ture - a Islamic and Arab must sit well with the Arabs;
ted with here is one Zionist, at least, who clearly wants
way he has a harmonious relationship with his Semitic
and trust brothers, and not the dominator-and-
l borders, dominated arrangement the Arabs generally
lated Oc- perceive.
One could hardly help be moved by the

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goap plant, or even its sprawling amp
It was a man, nearing 70, who in his
tatious way has done as muph to ad
cause of peace in his homeland as a
plomat. His name is Simcha Yom-t
anslates to "Happiness Holiday."
he name when he immigrated from
me 50 years ago, and it reflects per
timistic outlook and his robustness
YOM-TOV PRACTICES architect
rofession not ordinarily associa
peacemaking - but in a roundabout w
begun to build bonds of friendship
vith Arabs within Israel's traditiona
And now in the heavily Arab-popu
4pied West Bank as well.

peace,
thought that this one Arabic-speaking Jew
could be laying the groundwork for a relation-
ship far removed from the currently prevalent
mutual hatred and bloodshed.
IN THE PORT city of Haifa, an organization
called Partnership is at work breaking down
the walls between Jew and Arab in a more
public fashion. In 1974, just one year after the
destructive Yom Kippur war, a Jewish
professor named Rachel Rosenzweig and a
Christian Arab, Rev. Ibrahim Sim'an, sat down
together and began talking about the
seemingly insurmountable barriers to peace
between their two nations.
Ever since then, Partnership has been
growing, developing forums for dialogue and
debate, and spawning more practical
operations like language classes in Arabic for
Jews and Hebrew for Arabs. Educational
projects and exchange programs, wherein
Arab communities send people to stay with
their Hebrew counterparts - and'vice versa -
have sprung out of the group more recently.
More and more Israeli citizens have come to
appreciate the Partnership way. The
flourishing group provides yet another antidote
to pessimism about the prospects for peace..
YET THERE ARE reasons to feel the other
way, as well. I found plenty in my conver-
sations with the residents of Dheisheh village,
the Arab refugee town outside Bethlehem I
mentioned in this space last week. The seven
students and leaders I spoke with at Dheisheh
are more negatively disposed toward Israel
that any other Arabs I met.
Even Mayor Fahd Kawasme of Hebron,
whom Israel expelled for his sympathy with the
Weasel
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ISRAELI ARCHITECT SIMCHA Yom-tov shows plans for modernization to Sheikh Muhammad-
Ali Jaabary (center, in the plain turban) and other residents of Hebron in the Occupied West
Bank.

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PLO, touts a less radical ideology than the
Arabs of Dheisheh. When Kawasme visited the
University campus in the fall of 1979, he said
the Arabs would lay down their guns as soon as
the West Bank and Gaza were granted in-
dependence as a Palestine state.
Yet at Dheisheh, I was told that the West
Bank is no different from Israel proper; all of it
is rightly and exclusively Arab land. After
three hours of conversation, I was convinced
that these men would stop fighting only when
the concept of Jewish sovereignty was as
foreign to the area as it was during the Middle
Ages.
The only relief from the dismal prospect of

destruction the Dheisheh group offered was the
fact that they are far more radical than the
majority of their countrymen. One even tacitly
conceded that he was a member of Al Fatah,
the main terrorist group operating out of
Lebanon.
Still, Israel and Palestine will never
peacefully co-exist unless even these most
radical of the Palestinian intellectuals and
warriors are appeased,. And, as of yet, ap-
peasement does not appear to be a possibility.
Joshua Peck is the co-editor of the
Daily's Opinion page. His column appears
every Sunday.

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New funds for Rec Sports

IRST THE University community
is told that $3 million must be cut
tom the budget..by the next school
,ear. The numJgr doesn't have much
nheaning all by itself; we don't worry
.o much.
w Then we hear that a host of
programs and -services-ranging from
WUOM to the Extension Service-are
o come under close scrutiny as, the
udget is trimmed. We start to grow
%oncerned, but the cuts seem vague
'and very far off.
. Now we are beginning to hear about
the specifics, the nitty gritty of cut-
backs in peripheral programs
esigned to save the key areas of
eaching and research from the
!avages of a sagging economy. And the
$Jniversity community is sweating.
<h The Recreational Sports Depar-
4ment, for one, has begun to predict
yvhat will happen to its programs if its
udget is cut from 46-66 percent.
bperating hours at the Central Cam-
$us Recreation and Intramural Sports
uildings will-be cut by as much as 40
ercent; student employee positions
ould be reduced; support for club and
intramural sports programs will
rode.
THAT CONCLUDES THE SURGEON
GENERAL'$ NEW WARNING ON THE
DANGODA ( ) AM( W) ANCADr-CTia

It all sounds terribly grim. And it al
seems frighteningly inevitable.
But it is not. Without question
general fund support for a variety o
programs and services across th
University will have to be cut back
But at least in the case of th(
Recreational Sports Department
other sources of funds appear to b(
available.
First, the Intercollegiate Athletic
Department, which is financially self
supporting, could certainly contribute
to the Rec Sports department. Inter
collegiate Sports uses some of the
recreational sports facilities for
training but has not helped fund the
department.
And second, some of the respon-
sibility for paying for the department
operations could be shifted to user
fees. Certainly this is not an ideal op-
tion, for it has always been nice to use
the many Rec Sports facilities for free.
But given a choice between paying a
small fee to play/ racquetball or not
having the option at all, user fees
would appear to be desirable.
There are ways to lessen the severity
of the impending budget cuts. It will
just take some creative searching for
new sources of funds.

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LETTERS TO THE DAILY:
CARP distorted PUHF s purpose...

To them Daily:
In cent letter to the Daily,
Art J ..aoert of CARP criticized
People United for a Human
Future and all othersawho have
expressed discontent with
President Reagan. I am not a
member of this coalition, but Mr.
Humbert's allegations and
distortions demand a response.
Contrary to Mr. Humbert's
claims, PUHF and other Reagan
critics do not condemn President
Reagan because they are narrow-
minded and prejudiced; those
words suggest irrationality and
ignorance. Rather, these are
rational people who are working
against the administration
because they disagree with
President Reagan's values and
his economic and political
philosophy.
Nor do the President's an-
tagonists question his' conscien-
tiousness. Few contend that the
President is deliberately trying
to harm the nation. The source of
contention is not the President's
intentions, but his policies.
Comparing the President to a
man convicted without a trial
sounds nice, but makes little sen-
se. Political debates on public
policy issues are not trials. There
is no presumption of innocence.
no determination of guilt, and no
impanelling of an impartial jury.
Perhaps the analogy would be
appropriate if PUHF had con-
demned the President for views
which he did not espouse. But
that is not the case here. The
President intends to increase
defense spending, expand
nuclear power, scrap the SALT II
treaty, and reduce the tax
system's progressivity.
Furthermore, PUHF is not an
anti-majoritarian group trying to
impose its will on the vast
majority of Americans. First,
Humbert erroneously asserts
that Reagan's election was a lan-
dslide. As Mr. Ford noted after
his 1976 defeat, fifty-one percent
of the popular vote is not a man-
date from the people. Second, the

to the 1982 and 1984 elections.
Mr. Humbert also opines that
the purpose of Tuesday's teach-in
was to "whip, up dissatisfaction
and resentment" against the
President and that this will crip-
ple the nation. Incredibly enough,
not only is the coalition trying to
whip up dissatisfaction against
right-wing policies, but PUHF is
even trying to channel that
dissatisfaction into a force that
will thwart implementation of
those policies. What is even more
incredible is Mr. Humbert's
assertion that this one group's ac-
tion, right here in Ann Arbor, will
bring the nation to its knees. In-
deed, our nation would be en-

dangered if people failed to exer-
cise their constitutional rights to
speak freely, to assembly
peacefully, and to present
grievances to the government.
Most infuriating is Mr. Hum-
bert's statement that "the real
atrocities against human rights
continue to be committed under
right-wing dictatorships and
Markist totalitarian
'regimes. "President Reagan
pledges less emphasis on human
rights than the Carter ad-
ministration did. PUHF opposes
the de-emphasis of human rights.
Yet Mr. Humbert, who is ap-
parently gravely concerned
about human rights, criticizes

PUHF and not the President.
President Reagan should not
have to suffer personal attacks.
Nor should he *le criticized for
policies that he does not support.
But PUHF has every right to
criticize the President for
policies he advocates and to op-
pose the implementation of those
proposals.
I suspect the real root of Mr:
Humbert's complaints is not that
this group is prematurely
criticizing the President, but that
he opposes the group's views.
-Stewart Mandell
January 22

...and the Daily dutifully followed suit

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To the Daily:
This letter is in reference to the
Teach-In that took place at
Rackham Auditorium on
January 20, the People's Rights
Rally on the Diag, the People's
Inaugural Costume Ball, and the
Daily's coverage of these events.
In articles before and after the
Teach-In, Daily reporters and
editors have repeatedly referred
to People United For a Human
Future as a "liberal"
organization. In fact, our group
consists of a broader spectrum of
progressive opinion, much of
which is to the left of "liberal."
On January 21, the primary
content of the Daily coverage of
the Teach-In was one article, an
insubstantial attempt to sum-
marize the speech given by
Russell Means at Rackham
Auditorium. The American In-
dian organizer's address
examined complex relationships
between people and their world,
the sexes, the various races; and
a number of issues central to the
fields of political science,
economics, anthropology,-
theology, and philosophy. Those
in attendance represented a wide
range of reaction, from
agreement to disagreement, with.

mentioned each of the activities
of the Teach-In, and went on to
completely exclude any substan-
tive, information about,
workshops, speakers at the rally,
or other speakers. The Daily
referred to the Teach-In as a
protest of President Reagan's
inauguration. By exclusively por-
traying the Teach-In in this man-
ner, the Daily misrepresented the
day's activities, which were
designed to promote discussion of,
pertinent issues.
Wednesday's Daily failed
miserably to report on the sub-
stance of a community news
event which attracted at least
2,000 people, many of them
students and faculty members. It
gave as much space to a feature
story quoting a few conservative
student leaders as it did to this
newsworthy event.
The Daily ignored the Teach-
In's existence insofar as it com-
pletely excluded information
about speakers and workshops
addressing militarism, racism,
sexism, University affairs, and
economic events, which were the
content of the event. The Daily
further distorted the spectrum of
political opinion represented in its
pages by publishing an extremely

Principles, addressing the Teach-
In and People United For a
Human Future. This letter called
our organization "myopic,"
"narrow-minded," and cited an
"outright, naked prejudice
against, Reagan," disregarding
the open format of the Teach-In
and echoing the Daily's own
description of the event. The
combination of these three ar-
ticles amounts to blatant censor-
ship of the news.
We insist that the Daily staff
take 'appropriate action to
correct its omission of this impor-
tant event. The Daily must first
publish a comprehensive news
article about the Teach-In, incor
porating speaker and workshop
information, and interviews with
organizers and others who were
in attendance. The Daily must
also seriously examine within its
pages the question of exactly why
local progressive activists were
ignored on January 20 by the
print media voice of the student
body. Finally, in light of these
above criticisms, we demand
that the Daily staff publicly re-
examine its role and respon-
sibility to the University com
munity. -Julia Gittleman

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