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Nazareth is predominantly Arab. It's called the Arab capital of Israel.

Upper Nazareth (Nazareth Illit) is mainly Jewish. It lies within Nazareth. Arabs comprise 20% of the population. 

Children have to travel outside the community for school or choose expensive private ones. Few families can afford them.

Gapso asked Israel's Interior Ministry to declare Arab Nazareth "hostile to the state of Israel." He wants non-Jews denied legitimate rights. 

He wants Upper Nazareth ethnically cleansed. He wants the entire Galilee Judaized. He's not alone.

Haaretz said he wants "legitimate cover for every benighted racist position that sees the presence of Arabs in the Galilee or anywhere else a national threat."

Prominent Israeli leaders support him. They include Education Minister Gideon Sa'ar and ultra-Orthodox extremist Interior Minister Eli Yishai.

Yishai represents the worst of Israeli governance. He menaces Jews and Arabs alike. He wants Gaza "sen(t) back to the Middle Ages." He wants its infrastructure destroyed. He's mindless of how many die or suffer.

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Haaretz said "Israelis who oppose racism and discrimination - Arabs and Jews alike - have no choice but to vote for parties that will fight both phenomena." Don't expect them to make the right choice. So few exist.

Polls suggest ideological extremists retaining power. Coalition partners represent the worst of right-wing government. 

The Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) responded to Gaspo's racism. ACRI attorney Auni Banna said:

His "angry response reflects a dangerous approach, which not only objects to the existence of Arab schools in Nazareth Illit but also denies the legitimate existence of Arabs in the city." 

"The parents' demand to enable their children to go to school in the city they live in is a basic right, and no city or mayor may deny it."

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"Upper Nazareth's mayor and every Israeli mayor would do well to advance justice and equality among his city's residents."

ACRI's helping Upper Nazareth Arabs. It supports their "protracted struggle to establish an official educational institution in the city."

ACRI Attorney Ashraf Elias told Gapso and Sa'ar that failure to allow it "constitutes a serious breach" of their "duty to act equally for all of the city's residents and that this infringes on the Arab residents' right to education."

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