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January 29, 2003

Arab Israeli village votes for party run by religious Jews
The Abu Ghosh family elders sitting in the Caravan Cafe last night were sure their almost-entirely Arab town would give a plurality of its nearly 3,000 votes to Shas - a party formed and run by religious Jews. No one was surprised that Shas was doing well in this prosperous village of stone villas where the Labor Party got 40 percent of the vote last time. The real surprise was that a radical Arab party that got no support last time was positioned to finish a close second.