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Israel’s phantom people

About 20 per cent of Israel's citizens are Arabs, and the violence in Gaza has further radicalised them. But the last thing they want is to become part of a Palestinian state

By Adam LeBor   February 2009

May 2008: as Israel celebrates 60 years of existence, Israeli Arab women mourn the loss of their lands in the village of Kfar Qasam

Away from the war in Gaza, another story is unfolding in Israel. Subtler and more nuanced than the conflict with Hamas and so far largely unnoticed by the world’s politicians and media, it has potentially far more serious implications for the future of the Jewish state. Israel’s Arab minority is becoming increasingly radicalised.

Tens of thousands of Arab citizens took to the streets of Sakhnin, in northern Israel, in January to protest against the Israeli army’s…

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