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Vol. XCI, No. 25-S Ann Arbor, Michigan-Wednesday, June 10, 1981 Ten Cents Sixteen Pages
e Iraqi reactor
From AP and UPi bombing mission.
JERUSALEM-Prime Minister WHILE THE United States went on
Menachem Begin yesterdsy defended record condemning the raid, a White
the Israeli raid on an Iraqi nuclear House aide said it did not appear that
reactor as a "supreme moral act" to President Reagan would move to cut diff
save the Jewish state from another military assistance to Israel.
Holocaust. If the plant is re-built, he "Never again will there he another
said, it will he destroyed again. Holocaust," Begin said at the news con-
Addressing a news conference in an ference, recalling the 1.5 million
emotional, defiant voice, Begin also children among the 6 million Jews
rejected international criticism of the killed hy the Nazis during World War II.
air raid on Baghdad Sunday and asser- '"Despite all the condemnations
ted that Iraq had been planning to build heaped on Israel in the last 24 hours,
three to five Hiroshima-sized atomic Israel has nothing to apologize for,"
bombs to drop on Israel. Begin declared. "It was a just cause.
WORLD* LEADERS yesterday And it shall yet triumph . .. It was an
blasted Israel's sneak attack on an act of supreme moral, legitimate
Iraqi nuclear reactor near Baghdad as national self-defense."
an act of "international gangsterism" CALLING IRAQI President Saddam
and some Arab officials suggested an Hussein a "meshugana crazy person,"
oil boycott against the United States. Begin warned that Israel "will use all
~ ~ .<~The mounting international condem- the possibilities at its disposal to
.~. ~* ..~nation and warnings the Israeli action destroy the reactor" if the Iraqis
threatened to spark a new Mideast war rebuild it.
came after Israeli Prime Minister The director of the International
Oaily Photo by JACKSE BELL Menachem Begin's statement: "We are Atomic Energy Agency said yesterday
not afraid of any reactions in the that recent inspections of the Iraqi
rnuclear reactor destroyed by Israeli
Alvin Neff stands in frent of the magazine stand that he has been running for Criticism also came from some quar- jets showed no misuse of nuclear
almost 50 years While manning the magazine stand he has seen many ters at the United States hecause
changes in the University and its students. See story Page American-made jets were used in the See WORLD, Page 11
Prof's sign causes dispute

BY LOU FINTOR
Medicai Campus Reporter
"U.S. Out of El Salvador." A sign
bearing that mandate from a window of
the Natural Science Building has raised
considerable controversy involving.
University regulations and the con-
stitutional right to free speech.
Biology Professor John Vandermeer
posted the sign in the window of his
fourth floor office about two months
ago, and he says that since it went up he
has become the subject of continued
harassment by University personnel.
"REPEATEDLY THE sign has been
taken down against my will," Vander-
meer said, claiming that University
personnel had entered his office and
removed the sign at least four times
without his authorization or prior
knowledge.
Vandermeer said that on one oc-
casion he returned to the office, saw
that the sign was gone, and found a note
signed by James Cather, associate
chairman of the biology department.
The note said Cather had removed
the sign "at the specific written instruc-

Political sloganmakes
dept, head's uneasy,

tions of ' LS&A Dean Knott and
(Business Operations Officer) J.
Weidenbach." The note instructed
Vandermeer not to put the sign up
again.
ACCORDING TO Knott, the opinion
of a University attorney basically
stated that "this sort of expression of
opinion is not appropriate," and "there
are other forms of expression
available."
"I wrote a letter asking that
something be done about the sign,"
Knott said. "But I don't know exactly
what happened with it."
Knott maintains that he sent a letter
to William Dawson, chairman of the
biology department, asking that some
action be taken on the matter.

IT IS NOW being handled by Chair-
man Dawson, according to Knott.
"I asked Vandermeer to either
remove it or put up a disclaimer in-
dicating this was his position and not
the official policy," Dawson said, ad-
ding that the matter is now between
Vandermeer and the administration,
and that the department is no longer in-
volved.
Dawson said he has no knowledge of
the events, and that from information
he had obtained, personnel were acting
upon instructions from the LSA Vice-
President's Office.
"I AM NOT a party to the events,"
Dawson said, who was on vacation
when the signs were taken down. "One
incident I know did occur but if these

others did occur, it was at the instruc-
tion of the college or the university-ad-
ministration."
Dawson said that the official policy of
the biology department is that "we
don't believe in invading people's of-
fices and using 'storm-trooper' tac-
tics," and that the matter had been
referred to the University attorney's of-
fice for opinion.
Roderick Daane, University counsel,
refused to discuss the matter, saying it
would compromise his client's con-
fidentiality.
LSA DEAN BILL' Frye said no one
had contacted him or his office concer-
ning the matter.
Zoology Professor Norman Kemp,
who lodged a formal complaint against
the sign, maintains that Vandermeer's
actions are "inappropriate", and that
the sign should be removed.
"I was offended by Vandermeer
using our building as a bulletin board
for a political message," said Kemp,
adding, "When I first saw the sign I felt
See POLITICAL, Page 5

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