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Israelis Raid Arab Youth Camp Said to Promote Uprising

July 22, 1989|From United Press International

JERUSALEM — Police raided a summer camp in northern Israel for Israeli Arab children, charging it has been used by radical Arabs to promote the Palestinian uprising, a police commander said Friday.

Police Thursday arrested the camp director and two counselors from the Israeli Arab village of Shfaram on suspicion of subversive political activities, said Shmuel Mermelstein, commander of Shfaram village police.

The woman and two men arrested are members of the radical Palestinian Sons of the Village movement, he said.

He said that camp for children aged 4 to 15 contained placards with Palestinian slogans "everywhere."

Posters with Palestinian slogans and songs were hung at the entrance of the camp. Painted on a large piece of cardboard, the words to the song, "My Eyes Are Fixed on the Poor Prisoners Who Are Rotting in the Israeli Prisons," was posted on a tree, police said.

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