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Israel’s Income Tax Commission has begun a crackdown on Israeli Arabs whose rate of tax evasion, it claims, is much higher than in the Jewish population. Dozens of tax collectors, escorted by teams of police, moved from village to village questioning Arabs suspected of non-payment of taxes. A number of private vehicles were confiscated. The operation, which is expected to continue through this week, encountered no difficulties so far although one person was arrested after a scuffle.

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