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Israeli Christian Arab Says ‘full Equality’ Would Promote Peaceful Relations

An Israeli Christian Arab said in an interview published in the London Times today that he thought “the Arab can live at peace with the Jews if there is full equality.” Ysuf Khamis, a member of the executive committee of Histadurt, Israel’s labor federation, said he meant that “the Arab must be given the same opportunity as the Jew and when this is achieved, he must feel that he can hold a key position without prejudice.”

Mr. Khamis is a member of a Histadrut delegation currently visiting Britain as guests of the Trade Union Congress. He said that at present the Arabs in Israel–and also Oriental Jews–“do not feel themselves equal.” The reason he said, is that they are less educated that the European Jews.