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bthe Jews of the Galilee. It is ours! All the Galilee is ours.’” The bspeaker is Micha Goldman, thirty, the young chairman of the bJewish settlements in the Galilee, in an interview for Maariv b(August 17, 1979). He continued: “I meet a great deal with bArab leaders in the Galilee. What I hear from them now is in- bcomparably more serious and extreme than anything said just btwo and three years ago. Not only extremists but those who were bconsidered ‘moderates’ speak today about the nonrecognition of bIsrael, and about their demand for ‘Arab autonomy’ in the bGalilee, à la Sadat. The extremists go further and talk of a bPalestinian state of which the Galilee would be part. Even one bwho just passes through the Galilee sees frightening man- bifestations. For example, you drive behind an Arab automobile band they put their hands out and signal ‘We will slaughter you’ bor ‘Get out.’

b“The real change came after Camp David . . . which was bseen by the Arabs as a far-reaching sign of Israeli weakness. . . . bToday, there is no doubt among the Galilee Arabs that a Palesti- bnian state will arise, and they tie their own future to it.”

bOn July 2, 1979, no fewer than eighty buses and trucks bbrought 6,000 Israeli Arabs to the Knesset in Jerusalem. There, bin front of the symbol of the Jewish state, the mob of Israeli bcitizens roared: “The Galilee is Arab—Jews out!” “With blood band soul we will free you, mountains of Galilee!”

bJewish women on buses heavily traveled by Arabs are sub- bject to pawing and sexual advances. The same is true in the bmarketplace of the Old City of Jerusalem. Following the Land bDay riots of March 1976, Maariv reporter Dalia Mazori de- bscribed her visit to the Jewish town of Upper Nazareth. She bquotes a young Jewish girl: “‘Young Arabs suddenly began to brub against me, a thing that never happened in Nazareth,’ said ba pretty young Israeli. According to her, when she protested, bthey responded with loud curses. . . . Many of the Jewish wom- ben said they would not go down to Nazareth to purchase any- bmore, preferring the higher prices to the degrading treatment bthey have recently been accorded. ‘The main thing is to avoid bthe looks of hate,’ one said.

b“In discussing whether the question was ‘land expropria- btion,’ all agreed that the expressions of hatred were a sign of bsomething much deeper and serious, much more worrisome.”

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