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bTheir one big advantage was that they had an Arab branch bhere, underground, which came out as soon as the Arab army bleft Nazareth.’ But he laughed away the possibility that the Communists bcould keep growing on Arab discontent.

bSoltz’s attitude was matched by the majority Mapai (La- bbor) Party, which controlled the Histadrut Labor Federation. bSaid one local Histadrut hack: “Take away the restrictions on bArab travel. Give us jobs for them. There won’t be ten Com- bmunists left in Nazareth.”

bA little more than twenty-five years later, the Arabs of Naz- bareth had everything the Jewish “head-and-stomach” material- bists preached as the prescription for the disappearance of the banti-Zionist Communists. The military government had long bsince been abolished and the Soltzes of Israel had gone home. bTravel restrictions were a thing of the past. There was full em- bployment in Nazareth. And just as the hacks had said, there bwere not ten Communists left in Nazareth. There were at least b9,653 of them.

bIt was the night of December 9, 1975. “By evening, the auto- bmobile horns began to honk. Into the wetness and cold that en- bveloped Nazareth, rivers of joy poured out. Hoarse throats bshouted happily. Emotional eyes cried: We won! Young people bclapped each other on the back and kissed. Telephones rang in bhomes whose lights had not gone out and in stores which had bnot closed. Mabruk! Mabruk! Congratulations! Congratulations! bVoices that we will yet hear again” (Maariv, December 12, b1975).

bElections in free and equal Nazareth, where Arab heads band stomachs had been filled by deluded Jews for more than a bquarter of a century. The Israeli Arabs of the town had just gone bto the polls to elect a town council and mayor of the biggest bArab town in Israel. The result was a staggering landslide vic- btory for the Communist Rakah party. Fully 67.3 percent of the bvoters cast their ballots for the Communist list. More than two- bthirds of the voters—9,653 of 14,125—elected a party committed bto anti-Zionism, to hatred of Israel. Given the one way to ex- bpress their desire to be “Palestinians,” the Arabs of Nazareth bdid so—resoundingly.

bAll this was accomplished despite open and crude efforts at bintimidation by the government. Two cabinet ministers were b 

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