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CONFERENCE
Continued from Page 1
"Apartheid seeks to separate the dignity and equality of
one's humanity. It's the same soup, just a different bowl.
This is not about anti-Semitism, this is about peace, jus-
tice and doing the right thing," he said.
But speaker Raef Zreik, an Israeli attorney, said the
distinction between the occupied territories and Israel
proper make Apartheid a limited analogy.
"Things are more sophisticated than we think. The
West Bank is much, much worse than Apartheid. Israel
has many factors of Apartheid but is not it. We are on the
way toward it but we aren't there yet," he said.
Hatem Bazian, a professor at the University of Califor-
nia at Berkeley, opened his talk by thanking opponents of
the conference, referring to University of Michigan Presi-
dent Mary Sue Coleman as an "obedient servant" and
saying, "there's no such thing as bad publicity."
Bazian said two tactics commonly employed by pro-Israeli
factions to silence pro-Palestinian groups include the issue of
democracy in Israel and the charge of anti-Semitism.
"They draw parallels to the U.S. in order to neutralize
the American public from examining what's going on.
Being a democracy is not immunity from oppression and
exclusion. South Africa was a democracy for whites, but
not for everyone else. Democracy is the code word for
suspending intellectual examination," he said. "With anti-
Semitism, they've closed the door for entry for someone
who will be able to speak about the Palestinian struggle.
(Anti-Semitism is thus) used as a means of neutralizing
the opposition so the mainstream American public will
distance itself from the 'extremists."'
Many speakers cited a long list of human rights abuses
committed by Israel as the most important reason for
universities to divest from companies that do business
with the country.
"This is not a meeting about free speech, this is a
meeting about crimes against humanity that have been
perpetuated in the past and will be perpetuated in the
future," keynote speaker and Israeli historian Ilan Pappae
said. "We are trying to deal with a state of denial, a sys-
tem of ignorance and of denial and of oppression, of real-

ity on the ground in Palestine. Don't assume people know
- they have no idea. Divestment is an alternative to
bloodshed, as a peace activity."
Sami Al-Arian, a former professor at the University of
South Florida, led a session titled "Academic Freedom in
Political Advocacy."
"We have an atmosphere of intimidation that reaches
the highest powers of the government, (which is) partly
ideological and partly political," he said. "Today, the
nation is being challenged. The Constitution and Bill of
Rights are being challenged (by the Patriot Act.)"
Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld, who spent Saturday protesting the
conference, said Al-Arian -who has recently come under
fire by critics who say he holds terrorist affiliations - is
affiliated to the group Islamic Jihad.
"We support peace, this conference supports terrorism and
suicide bombing. Sami Al-Arian is a member of Islamic
Jihad, and Islamic Jihad supports suicide bombing," he said.
Al-Arian denied the allegations and quoted the federal
judge that exonerated him of any terrorist ties, saying "there
is no evidence before the court that demonstrates either
organization was a front for Islamic Jihad."
"They want to blame us, to keep the attacks coming, so that
we will not be talking about the subject - which is occupa-
tion. This conference is about using divestment as a tool to
pressure Israel to end the occupation,"Ai-Arian said.
Several members of the University's administration,
including Vice President of Student Affairs E. Royster
Harper, attended the conference to show support for the
student organizers.
"I think the students have done a marvelous job. The
organizers have been very respectful and responsive to
any requests made of them - quality students, quality
conference," Harper said.
Shamai Leibowitz, one of several hundred Israeli soldier
"Refuseniks" who signed a petition refusing to serve in the
country's army, was scheduled to give the closing lecture Mon-
day evening, but cancelled late Sunday. Organizers announced
Leibowitz could not make the trip because he had been facing
death threats - unrelated to the conference - after his Tel
Aviv home and business were vandalized.
-Daily Staff Reporters Kylene Kiang and
Hiba Ghalib contributed to this report.

GOVERNORiste
tics, shi
Continued from Page 1 Detroit,
the Detroit Water and Sewerage owned b
Department under a board that deterio
includes representatives from sub- should b
urbs, Granholm said the state should "It is
give the board's leadership a chance survive
to put reforms into place before mak- vibrantc
ing changes. The i
"People that are served by (the on whe
board) deserve to be represented on settlem
the board," Posthumus said. "Other- efforts.
wise I believe it's taxation without Whil
representation." c o nt i nu
Like the memo issue, the water researc
board controversy is part of a Granho
Republican attempt "to divide peo- tobacc
ple from people, to divide city from more o
suburb, to divide east from west," smoking
Granholm said. Posth
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e would work to revitalize
Granholm said. Many state-
buildings in the city that have
rated and been abandoned
be sold cheaply, she said.
very clear that we cannot
as a state if we do not have a
city of Detroit."
two candidates also differed
ther to divert more tobacco
ent funds to anti-smoking
e she said the state must
ue to fund life sciences
h with settlement monies,
lm said high rates of teen
o use are a clear sign that
f those funds should go to
g prevention.
umus said teen smoking has

dropped during Engler's administra-
tion and the state's priority during
the current budget crisis must be on
funding the Michigan Merit Awards
and the Life Sciences Corridor.
A question on the prosecution of
hate crimes also drew opposing
responses. Posthumus said he would
be tough on crime as governor regard-
less of the motivation behind it.
"This country has always punished
actions, not thoughts, and it's hard to
determine thoughts," he said.
But his opponent said some vio-
lence and destruction, from vandal-
ization of property to murder, is
clearly motivated by hatred.
"You can't tell me you don't know
when it's a hate crime when it's very
clear that there's a racial or ethnic
motivation," Granholm said.

The Association of Religious Counselors (ARC) is an independent
association of representatives from religious and spiritual com-
munities that serve the students, staff, and faculty of the University
of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
EVERY ARC MEMBER PLEDGES:
ITO serve the University of Michigan community by advo-
cating for the moral, religious, and spiritual dimensions of
university life;
2o support the university's exercise of free inquiry and its
pursuit of the highest standards of intellectual and moral
excellence;
3o represent one's own community and its purposes with
honesty and integrity while treating other ministries and
traditions with respect; and
4o safeguard the religious freedom, human dignity, and
personal conscience of all individuals in the course of the
activities and mission of ARC and its member communi-
ties,
Adventist Students for Christ & Campus Hope
All Nations Church
American Baptist Campus Foundation
Ann Arbor Christian Community Foundation
Ann Arbor Christ Community Church
Ann Arbor Christian Reformed Church
Athletes in Action (Campus Crusade)
Campus Chapel
Campus Crusade for Christ
Canterbury House
Chabad House
Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship
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Christian Medical & Dental Association
Christian Law Students
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Coram Deo-Christian Business Students
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Guild House
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His House Christian Fellowship
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Hillel Center
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International Student Fellowship
International Students, Inc.
Intervareity Christian Fellowship
The Jewish Resource Center
Knox Presbyterian Church
Korean Presbyterian Church Of Ann Arbor

Korean United Methodist Church
Lighthouse Campus Ministry
Lord of Light Lutheran Campus Ministry
Michigan Christian Grads
Muslim Student Association
The Navigators
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New Life Church
Saint Mary Student Parish
Seventh Day Adventist Church
Shalom Community Church
Spirit at the Center
Unity on Campus Ministry
University Christian Outreach
University Lutheran Chapel
University Reformed Church
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