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CHAPTER 9

 

Time Runs Out

 

bThe voices of the Israeli Arab revolution are clearly heard in bthe land, and, as if cursed from heaven, the Jewish leaders of bIsrael sit, paralyzed. Events within the Arab sector of Israel dai- bly exposed the bankruptcy of Israeli policy toward its Arabs, brevealing all the misconceptions, delusions, and error piled upon berror. It is a policy woven of many fabrics—contempt for the bArabs, fearful unwillingness to face reality, guilt.

bIn 1949 correspondent Hal Lehrman, a longtime observer bof Arab affairs, visited the new State of Israel and later put down bhis impressions for Commentary magazine (December 1949). In bNazareth he noted that “the Jewish authorities are apparently bmaking a genuine try for the equality promised in their Declara- btion of Independence . . . keeping the administration as Arab as bpossible within security limits.” Fearful of the threat to that se- bcurity, the Israelis placed Arabs under a military government. bIn Nazareth the military governor was Major Elisha Soltz, a bkibbutz member of the leftist Mapam Party (today aligned with bthe Labor Party in a bloc known as the Marach). The Mapam bpeople, at the left, liberal end of the spectrum, are of course bpassionate advocates of theoretical Arab equality. Lehrman’s bdescription of Soltz is a description of general Israeli contempt band ignorance vis-à-vis its Arabs. Wrote Lehrman: “Major bElisha Soltz, who looks and sounds like the kibbutznik he is, was btroubled only by economic problems. . . . ‘If I could find em- bployment for 2,500 breadwinners, the Quakers and I could all bpack up and go home.’ Major Soltz was not worried about the bCommunist situation, however. ‘Yes, they have good propagan- bdists here, and some influence. But they are nowhere near a majority. b 

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