Israeli-arab Cabinet Minister Called Quisling by Arab Delegates

The Arab delegates to the Interparliamentary Union Conference currently in session here made a loud and demonstrative exit last night when Abdul Aziz Zuabi, an Arab member of Israel’s Knesset and Deputy Health Minister, began to speak from the rostrum. The delegates from the six Arab countries slapped their desks and banged on meeting hall doors and loudly explained, as they left the hall, that they were expressing their anger “at a man who has steadfastly cooperated with the Israelis.” They also said they were willing to listen to Israeli Jewish delegates but not to an Arab “quisling” The Israeli delegate has served for 20 years as a Mapai Knesset deputy and is the first Israeli Arab to get a Cabinet-level post. Earlier in the session, Gideon Hausner challenged the Arabs to “compete with us not in making war but in trying to improve the condition of the under-developed countries.”

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