Israel Forced Exile

An activist is deported

Until he left Tel Aviv for New York City last week, few Americans had ever heard of Mubarak Awad. But the Israeli decision to deport Awad made the Palestinian American something of a media celebrity, with the Reagan Administration firmly in his corner. Conceded an Israeli official: "We shot ourselves in the foot."

Awad, 44, has been an irritant to the Israeli government for years. Through his Jerusalem-based Palestinian Center for the Study of Nonviolence, he has been advocating a campaign of civil disobedience against Israeli occupation of territories captured in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war. An admirer of Mahatma Gandhi and...

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