World: The Refugees

For the first time in 19 years, Jerusalem was a single city. Acting with undisguised pleasure, the Israeli parliament rushed through the legislative formalities to reunify the Jordanian half with the Jerusalem of the Jews. Within hours, all the barricades began to come down. The barbed wire was stripped away from the rubble-strewn stretch that once had been no man's land.

Across the demolished barriers and through the Mandelbaum Gate streamed thousands of Arabs and Jews. Old enemies were unexpectedly anxious to fraternize; long-divided friends were reunited. Flowing Arab kaffiyehs appeared in kosher cafes, and Hebrew was heard in the ancient bookstores...

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