Steve, Pals is just the abbreviation (that I learned on Ha'aretz talkbacks) of a much used word, like TA or Is in my address. There's certainly no disrespect implied. If disrepect is nevertheless implied, I'll gladly revert forthwith to Palestinians in future.
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