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March 28, 2003


Not what you think it is has this light-hearted piece
License to thrill: I think we all need to calm down a little. With terror threats looming overhead, a group of Miami Jews are upset over the most ridiculous of subjects. South Florida's Gilbert Tabares Gomer, a Cuban Jew, will be allowed to proclaim his ethnic pride with the "JEWBAN" license plate on his convertible. originally, the DMV would not allow proud Jew to display this because other Jews thought it was an anti-Semitic slur. The word ''Jewban'' dates back to the late 1960s, when the Cuban Hebrew Congregation of Miami printed a monthly bulletin titled JEWBAN. The issue caused a flurry of letters to Miami newspapers, obviously in support of Gomer. "I really object to the increasing senseless loss of freedoms," wrote one Laura Mintz. "Would it be less offensive if Mr. TG painted an accent over the 'Jew' part of 'Jewban,' or changed the plate to 'Juban' (would the Cubans complain?) or would 'Cubish' be acceptable to all groups except perhaps mathematicians?"