ISRAEL: Red Star over Nazareth

And in your throat we shall stay, A piece of glass, a cactus thorn, And in your eyes, A blazing fire.

When he wrote those lines several years ago, Arab Poet Tawfiq Zayad could scarcely have imagined how sharp a thorn he would become to the Israelis. In a stunning election victory last week, Zayad, 46, a lifelong Communist agitator, became the new mayor of Nazareth, which is not only the town where Jesus spent his youth but also the largest (pop. 40,000) all-Arab city in Israel. Zayad polled an overwhelming 67% of the vote, while members of his broad...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!