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globeandmail.com: Anti-Arab sentiment swells among youth in aftermath of Gaza war

globeandmail.com: Anti-Arab sentiment swells among youth in aftermath of Gaza war: "'Yisrael Beitenu's rise, with its racist agenda, is a very dangerous trend in Israeli society,' said Mohammad Darawshe, an Arab from the Israeli town of Nazereth who is co-director of the Abraham Fund, an organization that promotes co-operation among Israeli Arabs and Jews.

The anti-Arab trend is particularly strong among the young generation, Mr. Darawshe said. 'In a poll conducted in May, more than 60 per cent of Jewish high-school kids say they want to control the political participation of Arabs in Israel; they're not ready to live in the same apartment building as Arab citizens; they don't like to hear the sound of Arabic language; and so on,' he said. This racism 'has to be taken seriously and dealt with seriously,' Mr. Darawshe said, 'as must separatism in the Arab community.' A growing number of Israeli Arabs want to opt out of Israeli society, in…

BBC NEWS | Middle East | Israel launches attacks in Gaza

BBC NEWS | Middle East | Israel launches attacks in Gaza
Israel has carried out an air attack in Gaza and sent tanks into the Strip, after Palestinian militants killed an Israeli soldier.Palestinian sources said there had been fighting near Khan Younis in southern Gaza. Israeli troops pulled back across the border several hours later. It was the worst violence in Gaza since Israel's offensive against Hamas ended with both sides declaring ceasefires. Israel is also preventing aid convoys from entering the Gaza Strip.