1957 Arab Refugees


“As early as the first months of 1948, the Arab League issued orders exhorting the people to seek a temporary refuge in neighboring countries, later to return to their abodes…and obtain their share of abandoned Jewish property.”

Source: Bulletin of the Research Group for European Migration Problems, 1957.

As Hamilton Fish Armstrong, Editor of Foreign Affairs, states in his report to the U.S. Senate Special Committee to Study the Foreign Aid Program:

“I believe that increased economic aid, even if properly integrated on a regional basis, will not be enough by itself to stabilize the social order in the Middle East in the foreseeable future.  Economic aid can be fully effective only if it is one part of a larger program, political as well as economic, that aims to both resolve and to construct – to resolve the existing acute causes of insecurity and strife in the region and to begin constructing the basis of security and cooperation.  This dual program can proceed only within a framework of security against external aggression.  But if we aim to do no more at present than return the Middle East to the condition in which it was before the recent war, with the promise to maintain it in that condition against outside aggression, meanwhile slowly raising economic standards, we shall have failed to take up the challenge of an historic moment.  Time will not wait for the success of a policy which politically is essentially static and economically is slow.”

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