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2 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, October 9, 2002


Campus quiet over potential war NEWS IN BRIEF

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By Adhiraj Dutt
For the Daily
As President Bush and the White House put more
pressure on Congress to permit military action
against Iraq, and as leaders on Capitol Hill move
closer to passing a resolution giving consent to such
action, some students are concerned about a lack of
engagement in anti-war and pro-war movements.
"I think Palestine was a bigger issue last semester
because of the suicide attacks. Iraq has been a threat
for a long time, like 10 or 15 years, and so what's
going on now doesn't hit people. I think there will be
more student involvement after there is bloodshed,"
LSA sophomore Nida Dada said.
In the past, students at the University staged
protests and movements after governmental action
took place. For example, in 1965, after U.S. involve-
ment in Vietnam escalated, the first anti-war protest
on a college campus occurred at the University in the
form of a teach-in.
In most instances, these movements were
formed by student organizations such as the Stu-
dents for a Democratic Society, which was found-
ed at the University.
"Discussions about war should take place in an
appropriate forum such as in the Senate," LSA senior
Albert Sheng said.
"I don't think it is constructive for people to take
to the streets and stand under a banner in one-sided
protests. I would like to see more academic sympo-

"I don't think it is constructive for people to take to
the streets and stand under a banner in one-sided
protests. I would like to see more academic
symposiums and informed debates, though."
- Albert Sheng
LSA senior

siums and informed debates though."
"Protests will occur depending on how the war,
goes. If the war goes well, there will definitely be
less protests but if it goes poorly, there will be more,"
he added. Although there has been talk about going
to war with Iraq, many students are waiting for Con-
gress to act before acting themselves.
"I hear stuff about Iraq from students but I think
that there will be more movements in the future,
depending on how debates in Congress go," LSA
junior Brian Polk said. "There will definitely be
more student action if we do go to war. I want to see
more open dialogue though."
"There will be movements when serious stuff hap-
pens and people see results," LSA junior Hussain
Rahin said.
"There will definitely be a lot more protests if a
war with Iraq drags on like Vietnam," he added.

Some students believe a lack of activism among
student groups is why there appears to be little dia-
logue about war on campus. "With Palestine, there
were a lot of rallies held by Palestinians or the Mus-
lim Students Association," Dada said. "There were
lots of e-mails, protests, and stuff on the Diag. I don't
think there will be that many rallies with Iraq
because there are less students from Iraq or at least it
seems like it."
"I noticed the preacher on the Diag but little else.
Given the liberalism here, I would expect more infor-
mation or protests. I think in the future, more Islamic
members will protest," LSA graduate student Maria
Kalli said.
For many, academics remain a top priority for
many students.
"I think not much is happening on campus
because of midterms," Polk added.

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Shooting spree frightens Marylanders
Playgrounds and parks were empty, shoppers darted warily across parking lots
and shaken parents escorted children to and from school yesterday, a day after a
youngster was wounded by the sniper roaming suburban Washington.
"Usually I'm embarrassed to walk around and hold my mom's hand, but I don't
care today," said Amanda Wiedmaier, whose Benjamin Tasker Middle School was
the scene of Monday's shooting of a classmate.
Security firms across the region reported a surge in interest. About 50 Star-
bucks stores removed their outside seats. And mental health counselors scrambled
to set up crisis hot lines for people upset by the string of shootings that have left
six people dead and two wounded since last week.
"This is a person who is shooting elderly men, shooting women and now shooting
little children,"Gov. Parris Glendening said. "This is the act of an absolute coward."
The latest victim, a 13-year-old boy, remained in critical but stable condition
yesterday with a wound to the chest. He was shot early Monday after he was
dropped off at school.
With few solid clues or witness accounts, a task force of federal, state and local
investigators is sifting through more than 7,500 phoned-in tips. Police said they
have 1,400 credible leads but refused to disclose details.
Israeli army enforces new Hebron curfew
Israeli armored vehicles rolled into the Palestinian parts of the divided West
Bank city of Hebron yesterday, after Prime Minister Ariel Sharon defended an
Israeli raid in Gaza that resulted in the deaths of 16 Palestinians.
At the Gaza-Egypt border yesterday, a 10-year-old Palestinian girl was shot and
killed by Israeli soldiers, residents and doctors said. They said soldiers fired at
youths who were throwing rocks at tanks and bulldozers, and the girl was hit near
her house. The Israeli military said two soldiers were injured in the clash but had
no information about Palestinian casualties.
Palestinian gunmen fired at an Israeli vehicle near Hebron, wounding four
Israelis, one critically. Other attackers shot at one of the Israeli enclaves in the
tense city from a Palestinian neighborhood, just before Israeli armored personnel
carriers moved in and imposed a curfew, the military and witnesses said.
Hebron is the only West Bank city split into Israeli and Palestinian-controlled
zones. About 450 Jewish settlers live in three enclaves in the center of the city.
Israeli soldiers patrol the area, which also includes about 30,000 of the 130,000
Palestinians in Hebron.

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Continued from Page 1
constitution, but incitement to vio-
lence is not, and we believe this
conference will incite anti-Semitic
violence," Neuman said.
Kiblawi, co-founder of Students
Allied for Freedom and Equality,
which is sponsoring the conference,
said he had no knowledge of the
Although Kiblawi declined to
further comment, other students
defended the event.
"I support free speech," LSA jun-
ior Halim Naeem said.
"I think people should say whatever
they want to say on campus, as long as
it's not hate. ... Maybe they are
assuming that is what it is, but I've
talked to a lot of the people about the

issues and they don't hate anyone."
"I think they should still have the
conference," he said. "I don't think
it's detrimental to anyone."
Engineering junior Avi Jacobson,
co-chair of the American Movement
for Israel, said that while AMI opposes
the conference's principles and any
plan to divest from Israel, he still feels
the event should take place.
"We fully support this conference's
right to go on as planned and do not
believe any attempts should be made
to stop it," Jacobson said. "I would
like to be able to put my faith in the
decency of those putting the confer-
ence together. The (burden) should be
on them to maintain a peaceful and
open environment."
- Daily Staff Reporters Jeremy
Berkowitz and Jordan Schrader
contributed to this report.

Kuwaitis dead after
assaulting U.S. forces
Two Kuwaiti gunmen in a pickup
truck attacked U.S. forces during
war games yesterday on an island in
the Persian Gulf, killing one Marine
and wounding another before they
were shot to death by U.S. troops.
Kuwaiti officials called the assault a
"terrorist act."
The Pentagon said the assailants
pulled up to a group of Marines con-
ducting urban assault training on
Failaka, an uninhabited island off
Kuwait's coast, and opened fire with
small arms.
They then drove to another site,
stopped and attacked again before
being killed by Marines, the Penta-
gon said.
Marines later found three AK-47s
and ammunition inside the vehicle,
according to a statement released in
Washington by the Bahrain-based
U.S. Fifth Fleet. It said the injured
Marine was hit in the arm.
Free healthcare for
Oregonians on ballot
Every man, woman and child in
Oregon would receive full medical
insurance - no co-payments, no
deductibles - under a measure on
the Nov. 5 ballot that would create
the first universal health care plan in
the nation.
The question is whether Oregoni-
ans are willing to pay higher taxes
for a plan so generous it would

cover even acupuncture and massage
"What we are proposing is ambi-
tious and audacious, but we believe
the health care system now is in a cri-
sis," said Mark Lindgren, spokesman
for the Health Care for All Oregon
campaign, sponsor of Measure 23.
Under the existing system, he said,
an estimated 423,000 of Oregon's 3.3
million residents have no health
insurance - about 70,000 of them
children. Nationally, the number of
uninsured is about 41 million.
Less teen abortions
in the past decade
The U.S.abortion rate dropped sig-
nificantly during the second half of the
1990s, particularly among teenagers,
and experts attribute the decline to bet-
ter awareness of contraception and a
fear of disease that has cut down on
sexual activity. The rate fell 11 percent
between 1994 and '2000, from about 24
abortions for every 1,000 women of
childbearing age to 21, the nonprofit
Alan Guttmacher Institute reported yes-
terday. The rate among girls ages 15 to
18 declined a dramatic 39 percent, from
24 abortions per 1,000 girls to 15.
At the same time, researchers were
surprised by a sharp increase in abor-
tions among poorer women, or those
who earn less than twice the federal
poverty level of about $17,000 for a
family of four. "Their abortion rates
were increasing while they were going
down for everyone else," said Rachel
Jones, who led the study.
- Compiledfrom Daily wire reports.

Continued from Page 1
ment in companies economically tied
to Israel. They will be speaking out
on the issue at a conference this
The Second National Students Con-
ference on the Palestine Solidarity
Movement, sponsored by SAFE, aims
to educate members of the University
community, SAFE co-founder and
LSA senior Fadi Kiblawi said.
"We're using this campaign to
increase awareness, to open the circle
of debate and spark interest in people
who are otherwise apathetic or indif-
ferent,"Kiblawi said.
In an e-mail to members of the Uni-
versity community, President Mary
Sue Coleman wrote "As a matter of
University policy, we do not believe
political interests should govern our
investment decisions."
Kiblawi said the current situation in
Israel resembles a past period of injus-
tice when the University chose to
divest from its tobacco and South
African economic interests.
"Look at precedents. (The Uni-
versity) divested from South Africa
which is the paradigm we're using
to divest from the Israeli occupa-
tion," he said.
"Apartheid is a big term right now
because South Africa's apartheid
heroes ... have been outspoken in
making the correlation between their
struggle and the Palestinians' struggle."
The suppression of civil rights can
end if organizations stop funding
Israel, Savabieasfahani said.
"The focus of divestment is to get
rid of military occupation. There's a
lot to study about this," she said. "It
leaves scars for life. It must be eradi-
cated. Occupation is affecting Israelis.
You cannot turn off violent behavior
- it is within you."
The reasons for divestment are not
anti-Semitic in nature, SAFE
spokesman Eric Reichenberger said,
adding that divestment is not an
attempt to deconstruct Israel.
"Divestment is a movement based

on moral concerns arising from the
oppression of the Palestinian people;'
he said.
"It is the only way effective pressure
can be placed on the Israeli govern-
ment to convince it to discontinue its
illegal occupation of the West Bank
and Gaza Strip. The objective of
divestment is not, and has never been,
the destruction of Israel. If I honestly
believed that, I could not support this
divestment movement."
Supporters of divestment said cut-
ting the financial ties between the Uni-
versity and Israel will not solve the
conflict in the region, but will be a
step towards ending the occupation.
"Divestment is a huge step," Sav-
abieasfahani said. "The only thing.
divestment will address is an end to
military occupation. Once military
occupation ends, they will have a
much clearer head to figure out what
is wrong in Israel and the Middle East.
An end to occupation will be a bless-
ing to Israel. Divestment is something
that has worked in the past and I think
it will work here."
In the end, Israeli military occupation
will only create two possible outcomes
in the future, Reichenberger said.
"Israel will comply with interna-
tional law and withdraw from the West
Bank and Gaza Strip or wide-scale
divestment will take place. The ball is
in their court, and justice is on our
side," he said.
The University's response came
after two "spoofed" e-mails were sent
from Kiblawi's account. Kiblawi said
he was offended by the inappropriate
timing of Coleman's statement.
"I found it disturbing. It's the first
time I have ever seen the president use
a crime against students as the pretext
to springboard her own political dis-
agreement with those students. I find
it particularly irresponsible because it
exacerbated the unsafe atmosphere I
have been put in as a result of this
spoof e-mail," he said.
"By referring to the divestment
campaign, she prejudiced debate,
effectively attempting to shut down
open and civil discourse."
Continued from Page 2.
"He said there was nothing he
could do and at least I had learned
my lesson."

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