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Arab Paper Closed for a Week

Premier Yitzhak Shamir ordered the closure Thursday for one week of the Arabic daily Al-Ittihad, Israel’s only Arabic daily and an affiliate of the Rakah (Communist) Party. Shamir used his authority as acting interior minister.

The week-long closure means no Arabic daily will be published in Israel on March 30, Land Day, the anniversary of the confiscation of Arab land in the Galilee by the Israel Defense Force in 1976.

Land Day has been marked annually by Arab protests. Authorities fear more violence this year.

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