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April 2, 2004
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An Israeli ministerial committee said Israelis and Arabs should celebrate a mutual “Tolerance Day” each year. The committee studying the Or Commission’s report on government policy toward Israel’s Arab citizens recommended a national “Solidarity Day” or “Tolerance Day,” Justice Minister Yosef “Tommy” Lapid said. The commission is considering issues like land division and equality, but also recommends holding state events that both Arab and Jewish groups can easily take part in. Lapid presented the holiday idea to Arab representatives this week, who said they would have to examine the proposal but would not accept any Zionist symbols at the celebration.

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