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Israel Communist Party Drops “secession” Demand from Its Program

The Communist Party of Israel has dropped from its election platform a clause advocating territorial secession for Israel’s Arab population.

The secession plank has been part of the Communist platform since 1957. However, it has caused friction inside the party between Arab nationalistic leaders and leaders of the Jewish section. Instead of secession, the Communists now have inserted in their platform a clause speaking vaguely of “the rights of the Arab people of Palestine” and of the “right” of Arab refugees to return to Israel.