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Page 2- The Michigan Daily - Friday, January 26, 1990
Professor voices
opinions on Israel,
Palestinian conflict Ji


Compiled from Associated Press and staff reports


by Heather Fee
Daily Staff Writer.
Before Professor Marc Ellis
began speaking last night in
Hutchins Hall the audience was in-
formed of a bomb threat called in to
U of M public safety. Audience
members decided against evacuation
and Ellis continued his speech as
Ellis, a Jewish theologian and
expert on the Middle East, said he is
accustomed to receiving criticism for
his controversial beliefs on the Is-
raeli, Palestinian struggle.
As part of his "Theology of Lib-
eration" Ellis believes that the Israeli
State is wrongly oppressing the
Palestinian people. He used the term
theology to refer to his political ide-
Dividing his speech into three
parts, Ellis discussed Holocaust the-
ology, alternatives to Holocaust the-
ology, and Israeli-Palestinian strug-
Ellis defined Holocaust theology
as the practice of looking at current
religious and political issues in
terms of the Holocaust in Germany.
"Never again will we suffer. We

need to be empowered as a people,"
Ellis said this set of beliefs
(Holocaust theology) does not serve
the purpose he thinks a theology
should. "The task of theology is to
nurture questions a people needs to
ask about the history they are creat-
Ellis also spoke about alterna-
tives to Holocaust theology. In the
Jewish culture, Ellis explained, there
has been "a history of dissention"
from Zionist ideas and "inclusive li-
turgy of destruction," which included
referring to some acts of the Israeli
government with Nazi analogies, and
"hidden tradition of critical thought",
the kind of critical thought of Sig-
mund Freud and other Jewish histor-
ical figures.
Ellis outlined his ideas. "What
we as Jews have done to Palestine
since the establishment of Israel is
wrong," he said. Ellis went on to
criticize Israel's displacement of
Palestinians. "In this process we are
becoming everything we loathe
about our oppressors. Everything."
Ellis reminded Zionists that Israel
is "a state like any other state" with
all the faults of a state, including

Provinces reach cease-fire
MOSCOW - Warring nationalists agreed Thursday to a cease-fire
along one of the tense battlefronts of the bloody conflict between Armenia
and Azerbaijan, Tass said yesterday.
The announcement came as Baltic activists, worried that the dispute
might affect their own peaceful push for indepedence, offered to help me-
diate the blood feud between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
There were fewer reports of fighting Thursday, and Tass said life was
returning to normal in Baku, the Azerbaijani capital that was the scene of
much of the violence.
During talks in the Armenian town of Yeraskshe, representatives of
the Armenian All-National Movement and the People's Front of
Nakhichevan agreed to lay down their weapons, the Soviet news agency
"According to the agreement ... along the entire border between Arme-
nia and the Nakhichevan Autonomous region all exchanges of fire be-
tween opposing informal groups must stop," Tass said.
Flu epidemic strikes nation
ATLANTA - This winter's flu season has reached the epidemic stage,
with a key indicator -- a deaths-from-the-flu index -- at its highest level in
at least eight years, researchers with the Centers for Disease Control
(CDC) said yesterday.
Eighteen states are reporting "widespread" flu problems, and 17 more
are reporting "regional" outbreaks, the CDC said.
Last week, 7.6 percent of 15,090 deaths reported to CDC from 121
major cities were blamed on flu or pneumonia.
"This qualifies in our definition as an epidemic," said Dr. Walter
Gunn, a CDC viral disease specialist. He added that the 7.6 percent mark
is the worst weekly mark in records dating back to the winter of 1981-82.
The CDC's epidemic definition is a ratio of 6.7 percent of deaths or more.
The serious flu season, Gunn said, points to the importance of flu vac-


Prof. Mark Ellis spoke at the Law Quad's Hutchins Hall about the
controversy concerning the Palestinian struggle for independence.

"prisons, prostitutes, banks, unem-
Ellis suggested that Jews could
benefit from "two dialogue partners:
Western Christians, our former ene-
mies...and the Palestinian people."
He said Jews "need neither fright-
ened silence nor a paternal embrace

(from Christians) but a critical soli-
darity." Ellis also referred to the need
to join in solidarity with Palestini-
ans. "Any Jewish theology, conser-
vative, liberal, or progressive, which
does not place Palestinians at the
center is a theology that legitimizes
torture and death," he noted.

Continued from page 1
But Sen. Bob Dole (R-Kansas),
the Minority Leader, said the con-
gressional showdown was the equiv-
alent of "throwing out the first ball"
of the 1990 election season and was
being used by Democrats to force
GOP senators to cast "a tough polit-
ical veto" to support the president.
"It's not China policy, it's Amer-
ican politics," Dole said.
Just before the vote, Bush had
publicly renewed his promise that
the 40,000 Chinese students in the
U.S. would be fully protected even
without the legislation. "No student,

as long as I'm president, will be sent
back," he said.
The 390-25 House vote on
Wednesday prompted immediate crit-
icism from the Chinese foreign min-
istry in Beijing. A spokesperson
there said the House was "fully re-
vealing its anti-China position" and
was risking damage to relations be-
tween the two countries.
But Sen. William Armstrong of
Colorado, a Republican who op-
posed Bush, said, "The House put it-
self squarely on record in support of
human freedom... and made it clear it
is not willing to be accomplices" to
repression of dissent.

Continued from Page 1
tee member, said Chinese students
didn't believe President Bush when
earlier he said he would use execu-
tive powers to protect students from
"I don't trust Bush as far as the
China situation is concerned. How
can you trust him? He said he would
stop high level contacts and at the
same time sent someone to talk to
those butchers in China," Xianghui
University Center of Chinese
Studies professor Kenneth Lieberthal
called the Senate vote "a major vic-
tory for Bush. We'll have to see if

he can retain control of China pol-
On Wednesday the House over-
rode the veto in a vote of 390-25.
Representative Carl Pursell, after
casting his vote in the majority,
said, "The Beijing government must
be sent a message that the Unites
States will not tolerate the use of
force against the segments of its so-
ciety seeking greater freedom."
Bong Qu-Qu, a visiting scholar
at Rackham and president of the
DCF, echoed Pursell, saying the
House vote sent "a strong message
to the Chinese Government that the
American people care about human
rights in China."

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Postal Service cuts back
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WASHINGTON D.C. - The Postal Service is shrinking the areas in
which it promises overnight and second-day mail delivery, aiming to
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Postmaster General Anthony Frank says what customers want most is
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Devil mascot under fire
BROWN CITY, Mich - Some folks in Brown City are seeing red
over the high school mascot, a green devil.
After hearing arguments for and against the mascot from about 100
residents Wednesday night, the Board of Education voted to conduct sepa-
rate referenda among voters and students to decide its fate.
Some opponents called the green devil, which Brown City High's
sports teams have used as a mascot for nearly 50 years, an endorsement of
"They are giving credit to the devil every time they win a game," said
Cindy Wait, who spoke out against the mascot.
A volunteer panel of 12 people, divided between mascot backers and
opponents, will handle votes from residents who complete forms declaring
they're of legal voting age and lice within the Sanilac County district.
Students from grades seven to 12 also will have their say in a separate
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