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2 - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, March 3, 1994

U.S. Arabs, Jews
call for healing in
wake of massacre

Author lobbies lawmakers
to protect Michigan youth

DETROIT (AP) - Arab Ameri-
can leaders called yesterday for their
Jewish counterparts and the U.S. gov-
ernment to help bring an end to vio-
lence against Palestinians in the Is-
raeli-occupied territories.
A Brooklyn, N.Y.-born Israeli set-
tler opened fire Friday on Muslim
worshipers at the Tomb of Abraham,
killing about three-dozen people and
wounding more than 100. Violence
since then has raised the death toll to
"All Muslims, Christians and Jews
as well as all who have a conscience
must condemn these killings," Nassib
Fawaz, chair of the Islamic Center of
America, said at a news conference
"For 46 years, Palestinians have
been gunned down at prayer, in the
streets, in our schools, and even our
homes - no site has been sacred,"
said Rosina Hassoun of the Union of
Palestinian Women. "How long can
people endure such suffering? Let my
people go."
Mohammed Ali Elahi, imam at
the Islamic Center, called on Presi-
dent Clinton and Michigan's congres-
sional delegation to take action to end
the conditions he said led to the kill-
ings - Israeli occupation and settle-
ment of Arab territories.
"This is not only a shameful crime
against Islam and the Palestinian
people, but a crime against human-
ity," Elahi said. He called on Jewish
leaders to speak out, and to take ac-
tion, in the aftermath of the killings.
When an aide to Nation of Islam
leader Louis Farrakhan criticized
Jews, "The Jewish leaders repeatedly

asked us to say something," Elahi
said. "Now it is our turn."
He said despite his hopes, he hadn't
heard from Jewish leaders expressing
regret for the deaths at the mosque.
"The question is not only calling,"
he added. "The question is doing
After learning of the massacre,
Detroit Jewish Community Council
Director David Gad-Harf and other
Jewish leaders phoned Arab and Mus-
lim counterparts to express shock and
offer condolences, he said yesterday.
"In almost every synagogue this
past Sabbath, rabbis either sermon-
ized about the attack or introduced
the mourners prayer with it," Gad-
Harf said.
Relations between Arab and Jew-
ish leaders has warmed considerably
beginning with the Sept. 13 signing of
a peace accord between Israel and the
Palestine Liberation Organization,
Gad-Harf said.
One of the first people Gad-Harf
spoke to Friday was Terry Ahwal,
local head of the American-Arab Anti-
Discrimination Committee.
Yesterday, he said Ahwal called
Gad-Harf and to express her regret
over Tuesday's shooting attack
Bob Arcand, executive director of
the Interfaith Roundtable, said the
joint Christian, Jewish and Muslim
group was planning a memorial ser-
vice, but a date hasn't yet been set.
"Things are a lot more tense than
they were before this action," Arcand
said. "It's a serious test of our inter-
faith bridges that we have built. I
think the bridge is going to withstand

LANSING (AP) - An interna-
tionally known author and activist
told state lawmakers yesterday that a
clearinghouse for information on
missing children would be one more
means of protecting Michigan youth.
Betty Mahmoody, president of the
Owosso-based One World: For Chil-
dren, was held captive and abused
with her daughter in Iran by her former
husband in 1984. She escaped and
told her story in a book, "Not Without
My Daughter," which later was made
into a movie starring Sally Field.
She told the House Human Ser-
vices and Children Committee that
Michigan is a gap in a national infor-
mation network built to find and pro-
tect children.
Mahmoody said most successful
cases against child abductions are in-
vestigated immediately. But she said
there are usually delays in local in-
vestigations that give abductors more
time to get away.
"Police are reluctant to look at (an
abduction) case immediately if there
is a chance that it is a parental abduc-
tion," Mahmoody said. "They look at
it as a domestic issue."
An information clearinghouse
would help speed up those investiga-
tions and would be a deterrent against
abductions, she said.
The committee voted unanimously

to approve the proposal and sent the
matter to the full House for debate.
Mahmoody said the clearinghouse
links 43 states with information about
abductions and missing children. She
said that makes authorities immedj
ately aware of abducted children th
could be brought into their states.
Michigan is one of seven states
not tapped into the network. The other
states are Hawaii, Idaho, New Mexico,
West Virginia, Wisconsin and Utah.
Committee members hesitated
before approving the bill because of
cost estimates from the state police,
which would operate the system.
The agency said getting into t
network could cost up to $300,000,
including computers and program-
ming, personnel, wages and benefits.
But Rep. Michelle McManus (R-
Traverse City), sponsor of the bill,
said the estimate was high compared
to what other states paid.
"I think they can use existing re-
sources and there are federal funds
available," she said. "Even if we
help or save one child, I think $100,0
is not too much."
Other states, such as Texas, Indi-
ana and Kentucky, have spent $50,000
to $115,000 on their systems,
McManus said. Others have incurred
lesser costs by assigning current of-
ficers to operate the network.

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Continued from page 1
In his speech to the parliament this
week, Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin
said of Goldstein, who was killed by
survivors of the attack: "You are not
part of the community of Israel....
You arenot partners in the Zionist
enterprise. You are a foreign implant.
You are an errant weed. Sensible Ju-
daism spits you out. You placed your-
self outside the wall of Jewish Law.
You are a shame on Zionism and an
embarrassment to Judaism."
"Their God isn't our God, and
isn't the God of most of the religious

public in Israel," Uzi Baram, a Labor
Party member stated.
"There has been a tremendous blow
inflicted on the connection between
religion and nationalism in Israel," said
political scientist Yaron Ezrahi, a He-
brew University professor. "Despite the
fact this man was an extremist, the
connection between religious symbol-
ism and the massacre confirms the worst
expectations and doubts of the secular
Even among the Jewish settlers,
questions are being asked about
whether they should have raised
alarms earlier about the most militant


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we get the documents.
"I am pleased that Michigan has
decided not to take this any further. I
am glad they have finally seen the
light," he added.
The regents have been reluctant to
turn over the documents because of the
potentially embarrassing comments in-
cluded in the personal notes taken when
candidates were evaluated.
Atlastmonth's meeting, the regents
met in several closed-door sessions -
totalling more than four hours - to
discuss their next move. The regents by
law are allowed to have closed meet-
ings to discuss pending litigation.
The circuit court decision stems
from a ruling by the state Supreme
Court last September declaring the
search "illegal."
The court ruled that the process of
selecting University presidents could
not be conducted behind closed doors,
or in sub-quorum meetings.
The high court's decision upheld
an appeals court ruling requiring the
University to pay the newspapers'

legal fees, totalling about $234,000.
The University has already pa@
both the News and the Free Press
court costs. The University also paid
its own legal fees, which topped
Despite the high legal fees incurred
by the University to fight the lawsuit,
some students will benefit.
The Free Press will donate the
$28,000 received in the University
lawsuit to co-sponsor a summer jou@
nalism program for minority students.
The Free Press will donate an ad-
ditional $125,000 to the Campaign
for Michigan over five years. Of that
amount, an additional $25,000 will
go to the conference.
During the summer, students will
attend two-week sessions at the Uni-
versity and Wayne State University,
and then work for four weeks at their
hometown newspapers. 9
The Saginaw News, Ann Arbor
News, Detroit News, Flint Journal
and the Detroit Free Press are the
sponsoring papers.
The University and the Free Press
are making final preparations for this
summer's conference.


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the College of LSA.
"I doubt most review boards would
allow students to pay to participate in
a psychology experiment," Hilton
Advertisements for University-
sponsored experiments normally con-
tain a name, a University phone num-
ber and the department name with
which the experiment is affiliated.
The flyercontains none of these items.
"Of course it's a scam. I think
anyone who reads this would know
that. Why would I pay $6 to get an
application?" said LSA first-year stu-
dent Angela Schmorrow after read-

ing the flyer on an East Quad bulletin
The Ann Arbor Arcade Station
Post Office associated LSA first-year
student Mike Vagnetti with the post
office box number listed on the flyer.
Vagnetti was unavailable for com-
ment yesterday.
The flyer, if found to be fraudu-
lent, could be considered mail fraud.
Black's Law Dictionary defines
the elements of mail fraud to be "
scheme to defraud and the mailing o
a letter for the purpose of executing a
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mailbox could be charged with this
federal offense which requires the gov-
ernment to prove "a knowing use of the
mail to excute a fraudulent scheme."


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