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Arab, Israeli Groups Argue Over Use of Color Orange


An Arab party has petitioned an Israeli court to prevent Israeli settlers from using the color orange in their protests against the planned withdrawal from the Gaza Strip.

In a petition filed Thursday, the Arab Balad party says the color orange is already theirs, and has figured prominently in their emblem since 1999.

Party member Azmi Bishara says his party opposes the settlements, and he is concerned that people will be confused to see people in orange demonstrating against the withdrawal. He is also concerned that members of the Balad party will be mistaken for settlers.

Settlers and right-wing groups have used the color as a symbol of their struggle.

Israel plans to begin evacuating all 21 Gaza settlements and four of the 120 West Bank settlements next month.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters.