Israel: Still Crossing the Jordan

The deadline ran out last week for Arab refugees, and Israel officially closed the two small bridges over which they had been crossing the Jordan. But the move was only symbolic. The Israelis put up no barriers, nor did they take down the receiving tents in which returning refugees have been greeted with orangeade and light lunches before getting free transportation to their homes. Despite the official cutoff, the bridges were still open; the refugees were still coming back.

Israel explained that the extension of the deadline does not apply to the thousands of Arabs who once filled the dreary...

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