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Kafr Qasim still waiting for Israeli apology

Though Israeli President Reuven Rivlin has acknowledged the 1956 massacre there, many residents of Kafr Qasim will not be satisfied with anything less than an explicit apology from the state.

Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin has had some noxious epithets hurled at him, such as “lying Jew-boy,” “dirty lackey” and “traitor.” He's been told, “Damn you, Arab agents,” “You’re a zero” and “Go be president of Gaza,” he said in his speech from the Knesset podium at the opening of the winter session Oct. 27.

The president didn’t list the specific events that angered his critics, but the residents of Kafr Qasim are convinced that Rivlin was referring (at least partly, but perhaps principally) to his participation in the previous day's ceremony commemorating 58 years since the massacre in the village.

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