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bcording to Finance Ministry people, this is ludicrous and in no bway mirrors the conditions of the majority of Arabs whose income btoday is much larger than [that of] the Jewish residents of development btowns.”

b“Most of those who owe taxes receive national insurance, bbut the National Insurance Institute will not allow the Finance bMinistry to take what is owed to it by garnishing the bbenefits. . . .

b“The tax people know of entire villages where, except for bworkers in regular jobs, no one pays taxes, despite the fact that bthe living standards in those villages rose enormously.”

bAnd this startling item (Yediot Aharonot, June 13, 1976): b“The heads of the Likud faction in Knesset dealt last weekend bwith the question of Arab citizens who have stopped paying tax- bes. From the discussion it was learned that since March many bArab citizens have stopped paying taxes in the villages of Tayba, bTira, Kfar Kassem, Jaljilia, and others. . . .”

bThe question is: What causes the government to overlook bthe massive tax evasion? What causes it to refuse to levy penal- bties on Arab property, something it does swiftly in the case of bJewish offenders? What causes the municipality to do nothing bwhen a resident of Jaffa says concerning the Arabs: “Every night bthere are screams, drugs, police. It is impossible to live here any blonger”? What stops it from acting against the Maronite Arabs baround Ohev Yisrael (“Lover of Israel”!) Street when they free- bly build illegal buildings and say: “Our priest [sic] gave us bpermits to build”? What allows the Jewish authorities of the bnew, non-Galut, non-ghetto Israeli brand to watch calmly as bwhole areas are taken over by Arabs and populated with illegal bresidents of the territories—with all the political dynamite that bthis portends?

bThe answer: “In the Tel Aviv Jaffa municipality they know bof the massive illegal takeover . . . but because of fear of confron- btation with the Arab residents the municipality avoids concrete bsteps” (Ha’Aretz, May 9, 1980).

b“In the Arab sector levies are not made on property in the bevent of tax delinquency for fear of violent reactions in the Arab bvillages and because of hostile public opinion. . . .” (Yediot bAharonot, May 9, 1980).

bThe growth of the Arab population, its dispersal b 

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