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Golan Druze Accept Compromise Solution to Problem of I.d. Cards

Golan Heights Druze, now in the 16th week of their strike to protest the extension of Israeli law to the region, were reported today to have accepted a compromise solution to the problem of Israeli identity cards which the Israeli autharities insist they have.

Under the proposal, worked out by an Israeli. Druze judge from Haifa, the Golan Druze would be given a choice of what nationality and religion should be entered on their cards. The Golan residents insist they are Druze by religion, Arabic by language and ethnic background, and Syrian by nationality. Those who claim Syrian nationality would not be entitled to welfare benefits from Israel.

The proposals are reported to have been forwarded to the Israeli authorities for their examination and possible acceptance.

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