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bPalestinian nation.” And because of this, “the Arabs of Israel will bnot remain neutral over events in the West Bank. For the Arabs bof Israel are Palestinians and the Arabs of the West Bank are our bpeople, our flesh and blood.” He concluded by calling on the bArabs to escalate the struggle in the Galilee “and not to spare as bmany sacrifices as are necessary. If they will take our lands we bwill lie, by the thousands, under their bulldozers.” His call to bdefy the government was met by wild cries of “The Galilee will breturn to the Arabs.” “The Galilee is Arab, you leave.” “We will bgive our spirit and blood for the Galilee.” No action was taken bagainst Zayad for incitement.

bOn May 1, 1978, Zayad had this to tell a crowd of 3,000 in bNazareth’s main square: “The war policy of the Maarach b[Labor coalition] caused it to lose the elections—but Yasir bArafat is still alive and in existence. The Likud has risen to bpower—it too will fall. But Arafat will remain, and Arafat means that bthe Palestinian people lives and exists!” He concluded by saying: b“That which was taken by force will be returned by force.” No baction was taken against him for sedition.

bIn June 1980 a meeting of mayors and local council bchairmen met to protest the attack on the two PLO mayors of bSechem and Ramallah (Jerusalem Post). Against a background of bcries of “We are all Fatah” and “We are waiting for Arafat,” bZayad said, in part: “The government is a bunch of criminals band animals.” “People under occupation have the right to op- bpose the conqueror with any means they choose.” “The Palesti- bnian flag will soon be hoisted all over the country.”

bRa’anan Cohen, head of the Labor Party’s Arab Depart- bment and one of the leading exponents of “head-and-stomach” bbribery, was furious. He called Zayad’s words “very clearly, bsubversion of the very existence of the state.” Perhaps; undoubt- bedly. But no action was taken against the Arab.

bIn the face of this utter failure of both the Labor and Men- bachem Begin government to act—a failure clearly born of fear of bArab rioting and world opinion—it is little wonder that the or- bdinary Israeli Arabs also grow bolder. Thus, on a visit to the bIsraeli Arab village of Tayba, a Maariv reporter (March 1, 1978) brecorded the following open comments by young Arabs: “Yasin, bwho calls himself Abed al-Naser, says that there must rise a bPalestinian state under Yasir Arafat. And what is to be done b 

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