MIDDLE EAST: Hounding the Helpless

For more than a million people in the Middle East, life seemed to have exhausted its stock of misfortune. They are the hapless and for the most part innocent victims of man's inhumanity to man: the 875,000 Arab refugees from Palestine and their opposite numbers, 200,000 Jewish immigrants, admitted to Israel but not yet absorbed. They huddle in tents and makeshift shelters, queue for meager rations. Last week Nature added to their misery, in a howling of winds and a downpour of rain such as the Middle East hadn't seen for a quarter-century.

Sixty-mile-an-hour gales shredded tents from Dan to Beersheba,...

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