May 4 – 8, 1951 Arab Refugees


Arab RefugeesThe World Council of Churches, at its meeting in Beirut came to the conclusion that the solution for Arab refugees lay in their integration in Arab lands.

“ … We are convinced that there can be no permanent solution of the problem of the Palestine refugees until there is a settlement of the outstanding political differences between the Arab states and Israel.

“ … While we recognize the basic right of all refugees to their own homes and property, nevertheless a careful appraisal of the total situation has compelled us to conclude, however, that many Palestine refugees will have to settle in new homes. For their integration into the life and economy of the Arab states, large sums will be needed.”

Source: Regional Development for Regional Peace: A New Policy and Program to Counter the Soviet Menace in the Middle East, Washington, DC: Public Affairs Institute, 1957

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