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bflock; they wander freely around a high-security military facil- bity.” Near the Moledet quarter of Holon, hundreds of Bedouins bhave settled on the sand dunes, their human and animal feces blittering the area.

bAlon Galilee of the Green Patrols is worried. Three whole btribes of Bedouins have crossed over from Sinai to live in Israel. bThousands of others have crossed from the liberated lands into bthe area of the state proper. Galilee now calls this “the invasion” binto the heart of Israel. It is not only that the Bedouin herds are bdestroying the land, having eaten up entire gardens, parks, and blawns all over the southern part of Holon, which borders on Tel bAviv. Galilee warns that “lack of awareness of how serious the bsituation has become is resulting in the loss of actual Jewish bcontrol over vast stretches of land for which fierce battles once btook place. The open country has become largely Arab.”

bIndeed, the questions of geography and demography are bchoking Israel. Arabs from Ramallah in 1978 built twenty-seven billegal Arab buildings on state land inside Jerusalem’s northern bborder. This followed the contemptuous defiance in September b1976 by Arab landowners of a military government ruling for- bbidding new buildings without a permit. The Arabs are sur- brounding Jerusalem with a noose of illegal buildings that pre- bvents Jewish expansion.

bBut what is happening in Jaffa is the clearest indication of bthe catastrophe toward which Israel races.

bJaffa is today part of the city of Tel Aviv. In the War of bIndependence of 1948, some 70,000 Arabs fled in panic, leaving ba few thousand frightened and humble brethren behind. Today, bthe Arab of Jaffa is neither frightened nor humble. Under the bleadership of four separate hamullas, the Jaffa Arabs have taken bover entire areas of the city, seizing state-owned land and build- bing houses and stores on it. Jews are terrified, and many are bleaving the area.

bIn the area known as Jaffa Daled is a large fenced-in area of bforty-five dunams (11 acres) known as “The Grove of Abu- bSayaf.” Abu-Sayaf is one of our four Arab clans that has seized bland in Jaffa (the others are the clans of Dacha, Shnir, and bK’chil). In a letter of complaint to the Ministry of Housing, at bthe beginning of 1980, the director of the Halamish Company, bMr. Aharon Farber, wrote: “The area is held illegally by an b 

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