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May 13, 1977 - Image 39

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1977-05-13

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Israeli Arabs' Anger Festers, Land Expropriation Blamed

raeli Arabs continue to go
about their normal routine
quietly, seemingly uncon-
cerned about the rioting
last week on the West Bank
only a few miles away. But
appearances are deceptive.
Israel's Arab population
may be less vocal and less
aggressive than their Pales-
tinian brethren in Samaria
but they are not indifferent
to their fate.
Nor do they trouble to
conceal their increasinglf
negative attitude toward
the government of Israel,
the country of which they
are citizens. In the Arab vil-
lage of Kfar Kanna, just
north of Nazareth, a young
shop-keeper,was asked if he
was Moslem or Christian.
"We are all Arabs," was
his reply.
Hostility toward Israel
varies from place to place
among Israeli Arabs. In
Galilee, the main source of
discontent is the expropria-
tion of Arab lands by the
government, an issue that
touched off bloody -riots in
March, 1976 in which six Is-
raeli Arabs were killed.
The expropriations issue
has some curious ramifica-
tions. The government an-
nounced from the start that
the land taken over by the
state would be used for the
expansion and development
of the Jewish suburbs • of
Upper Nazareth and Kar-
miel; but not without what
is considered fair com-
pensation to the Arab
So far, compensation has
been paid for only a third
of the 1,500 acres expro-
priated from Arabs last
year. The vast majority of
dispossessed Arabs refuse
to file for compensation or
have any dealings with the
state that "robbed us of our
land." But there is more to
this than meets the eye.
The compensation sugges-
ted by the land assessor is
generous. Moreover, it is
linked to the cost-of-living
index and carries an inter-
est rate of four percent - a
year. Many Arab land-


owners prefer not to ask for
compensation at this time,
knowing that the monies
will be held in deposit earn-
ing interest. At some future
date they will file , their
claim and get the money
plus interest and the c.o.l.
increases that are bound to
have accrued considering
the high rate of inflation.
It is also true that so far
no development work has
been done around Karmiel
and Upper Nazareth so
there is no concrete symbol
yet toward which Arab re-
sentment can be directed.

Serious disturbances were
reported in several West
Bank towns May 4 follow-
ing clashes the previous
day in which an Arab teen-
ager and an Arab woman
were shot to death by Is-
raeli soldiers, and six Is-
raelis, including five sol-
diers, were injured by en-
raged mobs.
Scores of arrests were
made in Jenin after mili-
tary forces battled crowds
in the streets. A curfew
was imposed on the old sec-
tion in Nablus and riot po-
lice used tear gas and clubs
to disperse student demon-
strators in Ramallah.
The shooting victims
were. identified as Bilal Abu
Rob, 15 and Fatima Hamdi,
55. The youngster was
killed in Kabatiyeh, a town
of about 15,000 near Jenin,
when Israeli troops fired
into a stone-throwing crowd
at a roadblock.
The woman was fatally
wounded several hours
later when mourners at the
boy's funeral attacked Is-
raeli' troops brought in to
keep. order. The six Israelis
were injured by rocks--and '
by an incendiary bomb that
set fire-to the canvas cover
of their jeep.
. The latest eruption of vio-
lence on the West Bank has
been attributed to advertise-
ments placed in Israeli
newspapers by the Gush
Emunim announcing that.

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they intended to establish
more Jewish settlements in
the Arab-populated Sa-
maria district.
The Mayor of Kabatiyeh
has cabled the United Na-
tions and other inter-

national bodies protesting
Israeli actions there. The
Military Governor sum-
moned the Mayor to his of-
fice and urged him to cool
the atmosphere in his vil-

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their strength and emerge
from the election with eight
The Knesset moved two
months ago to close that loo-
phole. It passed a bill empo-
wering the Israel Land Ad-
ministration to deposit a
compensation fund to the
'credit of the Arab land-
owners but the money no
longer carries interest and
is not linked to the -c.o.l.
index.- This is expected to
end the foot-dragging by
some Arabs in negotiating
with the Land Adminis-

Two Arabs Killed, Israelis Injured
in Widespread Rioting onWest Bank

Respiratory: Disease Victims
to Benefit From NJH Dinner

The 78th annual Detroit
National Jewish Hospital
and Research Center din-
ner, honoring- former Con-
gresswoman Martha Griff-
iths Monday at the Detroit
Plaza Hotel, will raise
funds to help treat victims
of chronic respiratory dis-
eases and immunological

Nevertheless, while 'some
Arabs have learned to live
with land expropriations ob-
jectively, for the vast ma-
jority it is an emotional
issue. It is expected to
manifest itself on election
day, Tuesday.
Even the most optimistic
Labor Alignment politicians
expect the Communist
Party to win at least two
more Knesset seats, bring-
ing their strength to six
seats at the expense of. the
Labor-supported 'Arab list.
Villagers in Galilee claim
the Communists will double

Friday, May 13, 1977 39

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