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bchairman of the Arab Student Committee at Hebrew University, bpresented his views to Maariv, Israel’s largest newspaper (Janu- bary 20, 1978): “We, the Arab students in the university, con- bstitute an indivisible part of the Palestinian Arab nation, and we bstruggle in its service and in order to achieve its goals.

b“As for me and my personal lot, I am first and foremost a bPalestinian, resident of Lydda. My Israeli citizenship was forced bupon me. I do not recognize it and do not see myself as belong- bing to the State of Israel. The law requires me to carry an Israeli bidentity card and passport. As a Palestinian I would prefer bPalestinian ones.

b“With the final solution common to the Arabs of Palestine band Judea, Lydda will be in the sovereign boundaries of the bdemocratic state. What will that state be called? Palestine, bnaturally. . . .

b“We do not recognize the right which you call ‘historic’ of the Jewish bpeople in this land—this is our fundamental principle. In this land only the bPalestinian Arab people have the historic right.”

bMuhareb is a member of the PNM, one of the two major bforces among Arab students in Israel. It is instructive that the bother force, the “moderate” one, is Rakah, the Israeli Com- bmunist Party, which led the bloody Land Day riots against the bgovernment in 1976. But there is no essential difference between bthe ultimate hope of any Arab student in Israel: Arab sovereign- bty in every part of “Palestine” that is freed from the “con- bqueror.”

bThere is nothing new or startling about this. The signs of bArab intellectual hatred of Israel and deep desire for its dis- bmantlement were obvious to all who wished to see. The day the bEgyptian army crossed the Suez Canal during the Yom Kippur bWar saw the surreptitious circulation of a flier that read: “With bblood and spirit we shall liberate the Galilee.” On the terrible bnight of the massacre of more than twenty Jewish high school bstudents by Arab terrorists in the Galilee town of Ma’alot, in b1974, the nation mourned. But not all. The Arab students at bHebrew University held a noisy, joyous party in their Mount bScopus dormitories, built by funds from naive Western Jews bwho wanted to help the “Jewish state.”

bThe next morning a Jewish student who had lost her bbrother during the “war of attrition” in 1970 complained bitter- b 

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