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Speakers tell about
experience in Israeli
By LAWRENCE ROSEN- was expelled from Israe
BERG was travelling to visi
Comparing Israeli actions against father, and was arrested
Palestinians to South Africa's police and held for nin
system of apartheid, two Americans told the audience.
who had been jailed in Israel spoke E S M A I L compa
last night about human rights treatment of Palestin
violations in the West Bank and Nazi's persecution of
Gaza Strip. World War II. He sa
Karima Bennoune, who lives in parallel exists betwee
Detroit, centered her talk on a trip to South Africa, calli
the West Bank last summer, where policies "racism."
she stayed and Birzeit University Esmail said the Un
with other international students and unjust in continuing
did volunteer work in a refugee Israel with its annual
camp. unrestricted aid.
Near the end of Bennoune's stay, Both speakers
the students held a non-violent international peace conf
demonstration in front of the U.S. would include Palesti
Consulate. The area was sealed off Israeli leaders, and the
and the students were told to cross was the only attempt
the street to leave U.S. property, she would have any ef
said. Bennoune described how the situation.
students were beaten with the butts But the speakers
r of guns and wooden batons. neither the Palestinia
AFTER unsuccessfully seeking Organization nor the S
assistance from the Consulate, recognize the existence
Bennoune said she was arrested by mutual recognition is
Israeli police. precursor to resolving t
"This kind of violence does not The speech was spo
make people more conciliatory," she Palestinian Solidarity
said. the General Union o
Unlike Bennoune, who has no Students, and the As
Palestinian background, Sami Arab American
Esmail is a former Palestinian who Graduates.

The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, February 3, 1988- Page 3
-M-SA condemns*

- in 1978. He
t his dying
by the Israeli
e months, he
ared Israeli
nians to the
Jews during
aid a direct
en Israel and
ing Israel's
ited States is
to support
$3 billion of
said an
ference which
nian leaders,
at peace that
fect on the
said because
n Liberation
tate of Israel
of each other,
a necessary
he conflict.
nsored by the
f Palestinian
ssociation of


report on

radio station


Angelo Porcari of the Coalition for Democracy in Latin America helps the
group build a church on the Diag to symbolize the lack of religious
freedom in Nicaragua.

The Michigan Student Assembly
easily passed a resolution last night
condemning a University report
which proposes to punish two
students for airing allegedly racist
jokes last February on campus radio
station WJJX.
The report recommends that the
two students, LSA graduate Ted
Sevransky and LSA sophomore
Peter Gonzalez, apologize for the
incident and perform community
services. If the report is approved,
the students would also be put on
academic probation.
passed 21-1 with one abstention,
states that the report is "biased"
because students were not involved
in formulating it.
The resolution, submitted by the
MSA Student Rights Committee,
also states the report is irrelevant
because both students have
apologized for the incident; Gonzalez
has performed community service,
and Sevransky graduated last spring.
Students Rights Committee
Chair Michael Phillips, an LSA
junior, said the report was "racist"
because students were asked to
apologize only to Black students
instead of to the entire University.
"When something is racist, you of-
fend every that is involved," Phillips
The resolution urges t h e
University Council - a group of.
students, faculty and administrators
appointed to write a proposed code of
non-academic conduct - to discuss
the racist incident.
BUT LAW School
representative Joe Giardot, who
voted against the resolution, said the
issue is closed: "(The W J J X

incident) was addressed by the proper,,
authorities," he said. "Discussion by
the University Council would be
But University Council student.
representative Robert Bell, an LSA
sophomore who co-wrote the
resolution, said the council should.
discuss the issue as a basis on which
to formulate a policy to be used.
when discriminatory acts occur in-
the future.
Bell said the University
administration currently deals with
racist incidents individually and then ,;
proceeds with "a covert,
MSA President Ken Weine, an,
LSA senior, said the role of
University Council is misunderstood:
because the University
administration and faculty "don't
take 'U' Council seriously."
"I'm sick of hearing from the.,
administration that 'U' Council isa
ineffective when the administration
and faculty representatives won't
attend the 'U' Council meetings," hee.
said. -
In other business, the assembly.
unanimously passed a resolution
condemning U.S. Surgeon General,
Everett Koop's proposal to test
every student at a major university
and some high schools for AIDS.
submitted by Phillips and LSA Rep-.
Sara Riordan, a sophomore, 'urges
all student governments, the,
University administration and healtl
services to oppc this planned
The resolut on also states
"mandatory AIDS testing is an
invasion of privacy," and the test at -;
one university could spur national

joins hag
Starting yesterday, a seven-foot-
high wooden church has joined the
two anti-apartheid shanties on the
Diag. Members of the Coalition for
Democracy in Latin America, which
built the structure, said it
symbolizes religious oppression in
Roberto Frisancho, president of
the coalition and an LSA junior, said
the Sandinistan government is
"using to their advantage" churches
set up in the late 1970s called
People's Popular Churches, which
helped support. g o v ernIme n t
philosophy and programs that
traditional churches opposed.
The church on the Diag is a
statement condemning t h e
Sandinistan government activity
with religion. Coalition members
built it for the arrival last summer of
Bishop Pablo Vega of Juigalpa, Ann
Arbor's sister city in Nicaragua.
Coaltion Vice President Dennis
Dolgachev, an LSA junior, said the
bishop was able to see the church
but it could not be moved to its
present location due to lack of a
truck and problems obtaining a
permit from the University.
Before yesterday, the church was
kept chained to a fence in a parking
lot behind the Power Center.
One passerby yesterday doubted
See CHURCH, Page 5

tab led
Ann Arbor City Council tabled a
resolution Monday requiring the
Police Department to provide
monthly crime reports.
Councilmember Jerry Schleicher
(R-Fourth Ward) said the resolution,
presented by all seven Democratic
councilmembers, is "too detailed."
He said the Police Department
doesn't have time to provide all the
information the resolution asks for,
and he doesn't have time to read it.
Supporters of the resolution
agreed to tabling it, which means it
will be reconsidered by the council
in two weeks because they did not
have the votes to pass,
Councilmember (D-Second Ward)
Seth Hirshorn said.
Besides calling for detailed crime
information, the resolution would
require police officers to wear larger
name badges and pass out business
Hirshorn said the only opposition
to the resolution was the amount of
information requested by the
Opponents did not oppose
requiring information on the amount
of crime in Ann Arbor. They said
the police do not have time to
process information about response
times, minority staff hiring,
training, and grievances.
"They are 22 days behind in
processing their reports," said
Councilmember Jeanette Middleton
(R-Third Ward).

Alabama gunners

capture sc
gunman who said he wanted to help
the homeless held more than 30
children and two teachers hostage at a
private school yesterday but released
others as a news reporter heard his
plea and Gov. Guy Hunt sent a taped
"There are people on the street
who don't have a place to sleep or
anything to eat. I'm doing this for
them," the slightly built, gray-
bearded gunman said as he held a rifle
in a hallway of West End Christian
School. "This is a political act, not
a criminal act."
The gunman, who did not give his
name, made his comments to
Associated Press reporter Hoyt
Harwell several hours after invading
the school's elementary division
building and taking about 80 children
hostage along with four teachers and
an assistant.
The gunman sent a request for the


AP staffer to enter the school
building and hear his case to help
"get my message out." Nine children
were released by the gunman after
Harwell entered the build-ing and
heard the man's statements.
Earlier, the gunman had freed
about 40 of the initial hostages, with
the freed children walking across a
street in inter-mittent heavy rain to
safety. Those taking part in
discussions with the gunman
included a television reporter as the
gunman sought television coverage
of his actions.
The remaining hostages included
teachers Judy Dunn, who is pregnant,
and Mary Alice Blanton. The
teachers and children could not be
seen by Harwell, who was in a
hallway while the gunman,.with the
rifle pointing above Harwell's head,
stood in a doorway of one of the
classrooms holding hostages. The
child-ren were quiet as the gunman

Sami Esmail, a Palestinian-American expelled from Israel in 1978,
speaks on the conditions of Palestinians in the Middle East. Esmail told
the crowd in the Michigan Union Ballroom, "We have to look at the
Holocaust, learn its lessons, and in the spirit of the Holocaust find a just
solution to the problems in the Middle East."


What's happening in Ann Arbor today

Profs. investigated for
teaching evolution

Gary Spencer - "JAP: Ethnic
Slur or Harmless Fun?" 7:30 p.m.,
Henderson Room, Michigan
Valery Kalensky.- "Pere-
stroika and Human Rights," Noon,
Commons Room, Lane Hall.
Jennifer Levin - Reading,
7:30 p.m., Benzinger Library, East
Center for Continuing Education of
Women Job Hunt Club -
Noon-1:30 p.m. 350 South Thayer.
LSA Student Government -
Weekly meeting at 6:00 p.m. Third
Floor, Chambers Room, Michigan
LSA Student Conservation
Association - Information
meeting, 12 p.m.-1 p.m., 1040
School of Natural Resources.

Computing Center Course
- "Banyan Vines Administration,"
registration required, 7:00 p.m.-
9:00 p.m., 3001 School o f
Education Building. (763-7630)
Career Planning and
Placement Programs -
"Resumes for Those Who Think
They Have No Work Experience,"
4:10 p.m.-5:00 p.m., C areer
Planning and Placement Center.
Career Planning and
Placement Programs - "The
Medical School Personal Essay,"
4:10 p.m.-5:00 p.m., Career
Planning and Placement Center.
Career Planning and
Placement Programs -
"Introduction to Career Planning
and Placement," 4:30 p.m.-5:00
p.m., Career Planning and
Placement Center.

Calvin College panel is expected to
release a report next week following
its investigation of three professors
criticized for teaching evolution
instead of the biblical version of
creationism at the school.
Depending on the official
committee's final report, t h e
professors may be praised, criticized,
or subjected to further investigation
that could put their jobs at stake.
Calvin College, with a current

enrollment of 4,359, was established
in 1876 by members of the Christian
Reformed Church.
The professors, Cl a r e n c e
Menninga and Davis Young of the
geology department and Howard Van
Till of the physics department,
describe themselves as loyal,
longtime members of the Church
with a combined 52 years at Calvin.
They agree that since their school
takes religion seriously, it's
acceptabel to question other theories.

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