Israel's Arabs Make Their Presence Felt amid Increased Tensions
Gross, Richard C., The Washington Times (Washington, DC)
UMM AL-SAHALI, Israel - The 800,000 Arabs living within the Jewish state are finally becoming Israelis after 50 years.
An outburst of violence this month in this tiny Bedouin village on a hilltop 13 miles from the Arab city of Nazareth has focused attention on Israel's Arab minority.
They live mostly in the northern Galilee region and in the arid southern Negev, and they have struggled for five decades with the unease that comes from being Arabs - either Christian or Muslim - in a Jewish state.
Police acting on a court order more than 4 years old demolished three Bedouin houses in the village April 2 because they had been built illegally.
Two days later clashes broke out when volunteers helped the families rebuild.
When police …
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Publication information: Article title: Israel's Arabs Make Their Presence Felt amid Increased Tensions. Contributors: Gross, Richard C. - Author. Newspaper title: The Washington Times (Washington, DC). Publication date: April 26, 1998. Page number: 7. © 2009 The Washington Times LLC. COPYRIGHT 1998 Gale Group.
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