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FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, OCTOBER 17, 2003 By Tami Kamin Meyer Whether the New Jersey "Amcha will go wherever Dayton Jewish ObserverSolidarity conference will ac- theygo tostop theirhatefest," tually convene that weekend said Scott Chait, the COLUMBUS, Ohio (JTA)--remains to be seen. organization's event coordi- It's fail, and in Columbus that But it is certain that the nator. "Amcha's mission is to ooUally means only one thing: Rutgers University Hillel will defend Jewish causes, and the tbali, host its Israei Inspires Initia- Palestine Solidarity Move- Yetwhile the Buckeyes con- tive starting with a pro-Israel ment is a big threat," he said. tinue to dominate conversa- kickoff rally on Oct. 9. For her part, Saleh said her ti nsandnewsstories, another According to Rabbi Esther group does not claim to have story is brewing in town: The Reed, assistantdirectorofthe an answer to the political cri- nationalstudentconferenceof Rutgers Hillel, the news last sis in Israel, but, she said,"we thePalestineSolidarityMove February that New Jersey think Israel is in violation of ent, originally planned for Solidarity was going to host international law because tober at New Jersey'sthePalestineSolidarityMove- theyare running their coun- RUtgers University, has been meat conference, "was the try under an apartheid sys- tate Ved to November at Ohio impetus we needed to dotem. The apartheid that is a University. something we've been want- part of Zionism is inherently The reasons for the move ing to do for years." In addi- racist, and everyone in Com- are not entirely clear, tiontothe rally, theweekend's mittee for Justice in Pales- Ome say it's because New eventswillincludepro-Israeli tine and Palestine Solidarity the original speakers, discussions, live Movementisinagreementon :of the conference, is too music and free food. that.'Salehmadeitclearthat en for the Pales- Rutgers University Presi- her comments only reflected e Solidarity Movement.dent Richard McCormick has the ideals of the Committee July 9 interview with pledged his support forfor Justice in Palestine, not New Jersey Hillel's pro-Israel initiative, the Palestine SolidarityMove- darity leader Charlotte asking to be personally in- ment, although she is the uestion volved in the program, spokesperson for their up- whether Israel has a After the New Jersey Soli- coming conference at O.S.U. existby saying,"I per-darity group split from the According to Saleh, "Both ly Palestinian Palestine Solidarity Move- the conference and the Pales- )rms, from. ment, theCommitteeforJus- tine Solidarity Movement fo- struggle to mass pro- tice in Palestine sought to cus their energies on divest- Nahla host the conference by apply- ment and other collection O.S.U. graduate stu- ing for space with Ohio State strategies. We are a nonvio- in the Committee officials, lent movement focused on di- Justice in Palestine and Theirrequestwasapprovedvestment from Israelbecause ePalestine since the Committee for Jus- thatwould help both the Pal- Movement confer- tice in Palestine is "an orga- estinians and the Israelis in say the conference was nization in good standing that the long run." Amcha's Chait because New Jersey has paid its dues, has a good disagreed. "Comparing Israel violated "demo- reputation and has no prob- to South Africa is ridiculous. planning lems on campus," said Eliza- Israel is a democratic coun- beth Conlisk, O.S.U. director try where one million Israeli branched off" from of media relations. Arabs have the right to vote. estine Solidarity Move- She also noted that O.S.U. Thoserightsareevenunheard Saleh said. "They will was slated to host the fourth of anywhere in the Arab tober meet- annual conference in 2004, World," he said. it is not the official but she says she isn't sure if Moreover, Chaitadded,"Is- conference," she said. that will still happen,rael has never been labeled an on Sept. 15, Jewish groups such as New apartheid state" in any inter- University officialsYork-based Amcha-The Coa- national a enas. Celled that conference, litionforJewishConcernsap- Rabbi Howard Zack, spiri- missed a plauded the Rutgers ruling tual leader of the Main Street deadline, whilevowingtoincreasepres- Synagogue in Columbus and sure on Ohio political leaders president of the Columbus ,Web site denouncedand O.S.U. in the hopes of Board of Rabbis, agrees with preventing the Palestine Soli- Chait. Would still be held as darity Movement from hold- "Using the term apartheid Oct. 10-12, with or ing its conference at O.S.U is a lot of propaganda and set for Nov. 7-9. plays off people's emotions," and Selznick Middle School experience de erac' Thursday, Oct. 2, the dxth-grade students Day School and Middle School by bus to their first al experience of the attended the de Bergerac" at the play, the stu- reviewed the"Cyrano de characters, read ,and studied vocabulary in in Order to enhance their Students really enjoyed According to Noam how the ac- their emotions." said she was poetry." "liked talking play in the class- learning some of French." And of can't talk ibout erac"without the sword fight- was Eddie "favorite of n during the play, HDS fifth-graders experience the theatre, (front row l-r): NOAM ARGOV and JACOB WLADIS; (back row l-r): JORDAN KERBEN, and EDDIE ABRAMSON. the fifth- and sixth-graders ens in use at the same time from HDSand SelznickMiddle that they blew a fuse! School 'Were a magnificently Future cultural outings behaved audience" according planned for this year include to fifth grade teacher, Mrs. the Orlando Ballet, the opera, Susan Cohen. and the symphony, to name a After the performance, the few. Accordirig to Zena W. fifth-graders joined the ,sixth Sulkes, Ph.D HDS head of graders at "The Pad" which is school, "The Hebrew Day the Middle School's student School provides cultural expe- lunch and lounge area. The riences of all types to enhance fifth graders loved it! Their student's educational experi- favorite thing was being able ences." For more information to make popcorn in the mi- on the Hebrew Day School or crowave ovens. In fact, there the Selznick Middle School, were so many microwave ov- please call 407-647-0713. PAGE he said. "It is not factually true to say that Israel is an apartheid state and using that language is a way to distort the fact." On its Web site, Amcha has been circulating a petition to Ohio Gov. Bob Taft to prevent O.S.U. from host- ing the conference. So far, Amcha's petition has col- lected more than 5,000 sig- natures. The petition claims that at last year's Palestine Solidar- ity Movement Conference, held at the University of Michigan, delegates chanted "Kill the Jews." Amcha also states in a press release that the Palestine Solidarity Movement's past conferences have featured Sami Al-Arian, allegedly a central figure in an operation targeting Israel and the United States with terrorist attacks. AI-Arian, a Palestinian and a tenured college professor at the University of South Florida, has been arrested for activity on behalf of groups like Hamas and Islamic Jihad. As reported recently in the Columbus Dispatch, Orest Holubec, Taft's spokesperson, said of the Palestine Solidarity Movement, "The governor has some concerns about some of their positions. For example, they won't denounce terror- ism and they support divesti- ture." 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