ARABS: The Forgotten Palestinians

Ramadan, Islam's holy month, ended last week with Id al-Fitr (Feast of the Fast-Breaking). As the new moon rose over the horizon, Arab families sat down to traditionally sumptuous meals of lamb, rice, mahshi and sharab (eggplant and yogurt), sticky sweets and fruits. The celebrations, dulled by the uncertainties in the Middle East, were unusually subdued among the 1,000,000 Arabs who live on the Israeli-occupied western bank and the Gaza Strip.

Since the war started, western bank Arabs have been torn by a variety of loyalties: love or hatred of King Hussein, grudging respect or extreme dislike for the Israelis,...

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