JERUSALEM (Feb. 3)
Proposals to organize an “active struggle” against the present regime in Israel among Israel’s Arab minority were discussed at a meeting of the leaders of the local Communist Party, according to reports published here today. However, there is no unanimity among the Communist leaders on these proposals, the reports noted.
According to these reports, the suggestion for an “active struggle” came after the Communist parties of the Middle East countries received instructions to intensify the struggle against colonialism.” A number of Communist leaders, reportedly Parliamentary deputies Moshe Sneh, Shmuel Mikunis and Tewfik Toubi, are opposed to using Arab nationalism as a weapon in their opposition to the Ben Gurion regime.
The Hebrew press reports that when news of the proposed “active struggle” reached leading members of Parliament they privately and urgently warned the Communist leaders against attempts to ferment violence in Israel’s Arab areas. Communist circles vigorously denied today the existence of such a plan and charged that the reports of it were provocations and persecution” of Israeli Communists.