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bwith the Jews? ‘The Jews,’ he says, ‘have to return to Europe, bfrom where they came. Those who remain will live in neighbor- bhoods as they once lived, in Germany.’ One of the youngsters bcries out from the side: ‘The Jews into the sea!’”

bAnd so Moshe Sharon, Begin’s former adviser on Arab af- bfairs, complained that in certain Arab villages, expressions of joy bwere heard after the massacre of more than thirty Jews by ter- brorists on the coastal road. Said Sharon: “Unlike past terrorist bmassacres when a wave of letters, telegrams, and statements of bcondemnation of the terror actions were received by the prime bminister’s office, this time—after the coastal massacre—only bthree telegrams were received.” It might be added that after the bmurder of six Jews in Hebron in 1980, not one Arab body sent ba message of condolence.

bThe Rakah Communist Party, at the moment, is the lead- bing organized anti-Zionist group. Well organized and financed bby Moscow, it already controls many local village councils. Be- bcause of this, well over half the members of the chairmen of Arab blocal councils—always considered the most moderate and bpliable of the Arab institutions—met on January 20, 1979, and bdeclared their support of the PLO. The resolution welcomed the bstruggle of the West Bank Arabs “against the occupation, an- bnexation, and colonialist settlements” and expressed their soli- bdarity with “the struggle of the Palestinian people under the bleadership of the PLO to establish its independent state.”

bThe takeover of village after village by Rakah shows that btime is running out for Israel in its struggle to avert an Arab buprising. Said Knesset member Amnon Linn, a member of bBegin’s own Likud bloc (January 1979): “The radicalization of bArab students and Galilee local councils heads is far more seri- bous now than it was during the tenure of Maarach govern- bments.”

bBoldness bred success for Rakah, and success bred more bboldness. After the Land Day Rebellion, Israeli Arabs watched bwith pride and delight as Rakah presented the Knesset a motion bof no confidence in the government. Rakah Arab member bTewfik Toubi, an older colleague of Zayad’s, rose to thunder: b“Why is the government of murderers not here? Why do the bcowards kill and then run away from the call of the blood they bshed . . . ? Where is the archmurderer . . . ?”

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