By Ali Abunimah
"The Israeli mayor of Upper Nazareth, a
town in the Galilee, has demanded that the adjacent city of Nazareth be declared
“hostile” to the state of Israel, and its predominantly Palestinian
population, who are citizens of Israel, be expelled to Gaza.
“If it was in my hands, I would evacuate from this city its residents the
haters of Israel whose rightful place is in Gaza and not here,” Mayor Shimon
Gapso wrote in a letter to Israeli Interior Minister Eli Yishai.
Gapso was angered by protests in Nazareth against Israel’s bombardment of
Gaza that has claimed more than 130 Palestinian lives since 15 November.
Calling Nazareth a “fifth column,” Gapso wrote that the city is “a danger in
times of peace and a real danger in times of war.” He demanded that Yishai
declare it a “hostile” city and cut off all state funding......"