The Middle East: Return Visit to Despair

The tattered, canvas tents that once billowed across the South Lebanese val ley near Saida (modern Sidon) have long since rotted away, and in their place the residents of Ein el Hilweh have built a Mediterranean Hooverville of plaster-sided shacks whose tin roofs clatter in the chill winter wind. The Arabs who occupy the camp are Palestinian refugees, who were assigned their 25 flat, barren acres by the United Nations after the Israeli army had driven them from their homes in north ern Palestine. The first of the homeless arrived there in...

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