International: Colonel with the Key

The U.N. truce of 1949 settled the Arab-Israeli fighting, but not the fate of the 880,000 Arab refugees who fled Palestine. They straggled into camps scattered all over the Middle East and settled down to a wretched life in crowded hovels, with bad food, no sanitation, little schooling for their children and increasingly less hope. Each year the U.N. has thrown an embarrassed money handout to the refugees. Last week the annual handout kicked up a brief but bitter fight.

Before the General Assembly's Special Political Committee, Arab delegates charged that "Zionist terrorism" had forced the refugees to flee their homes; the...

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