Change Reported in Altitude of Israel’s Arabs

Formation of a “Friends of Abu Gosh Village,” an organization of former members of the Palmach, Irgun and Stern Croup, to fight the government’s banishment of eight notables of the Arab village for either harboring infiltrees or refusing to cooperate with the government in locating infiltrees who bombed a Jewish school near the village, was reported today by the New York Times.

The Times dispatch reported that the Abu Gosh incident had focused attention on the problem of the Arab minority. It quoted officers of the military government in Arab areas as stating that the “Arabs were cooperating more and more with infiltrators from Arab states. They attributed the change to the growing belief among Arabs that the Jewish state would be short lived and that they must avoid doing anything that might brand them as collaborators lest they be avenged when the Arabs reconquered Israel.

“Military circles said the change in the Arab attitude could be attributed to three factors: Reports that the United States will supply modern arms to Arab Governments, strong regimes in Egypt and Syria and intensification of guerrilla activities by infiltrators,” the Times stated.

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