Preface

The bitter antagonisms between Jews and Arabs engendered by the conflict of Zionism with Arab nationalism seem today to be as deep-rooted as ever. Those who attempt to consider dispassionately the problems created by the conflict may find themselves isolated and regarded with suspicion by both protagonists. At times they may be subject to untoward pressures of both a personal and an official nature. In spite of such pressures, I have endeavored to maintain a dispassionate attitude toward the study which follows. It is my firm conviction that only such an approach will be of value in achieving the end to which this work is hopefully directed, the cause of Arab-Jewish rapprochement.

Because of his important role in efforts toward greater understanding between Jews and Arabs, I would like to dedicate this work to the memory of Dr. Judah L. Magnes, former President of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. It was through him that I first became interested in these problems and through his own concern that I became especially interested in the Arab refugee dilemma.

This concern led me to Israel to work as a representative of the American Friends Service Committee (Quakers) with the UN Relief for Palestine Refugees in 1949, and to the area as a Ford Foundation grantee to study the Arab refugee problem between 1952 and 1954.

I would like to thank the many individuals who have been of assistance in gathering and assembling this material. In this respect, particularly valuable were the assistance and advice of Professor J. C. Hurewitz of Columbia University.

Parts of this study have appeared as articles in The Middle East Journal, Spring 1954, and Autumn 1954, Vol. 8, Foreign Affairs, Oct. 1954, Vol. 33, and Jewish Social Studies, January 1956, Vol. 18.

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Foreword ix
  • Preface *
  • Chapter I - Introduction and Background 3
  • Notes 17
  • Chapter II - The Arab States and the Refugee Problem 19
  • Notes 30
  • Chapter III - Early Repatriation Attempts 33
  • Notes 56
  • Chapter IV - The Shift to an Economic Solution 58
  • Notes 70
  • Chapter V - The Failure of Repatriation Attempts 72
  • Notes 88
  • Chapter VI - Israel's Arab Minority and National Security 90
  • Notes 118
  • Chapter VII - Israel's Arab Minority and Social Integration 121
  • Notes 139
  • Chapter VIII - Israel's Initial Absentee Property Policy 141
  • Notes 164
  • Chapter IX - Absorption of Absentee Property 168
  • Notes 187
  • Chapter X - Early Problems of Compensation 192
  • Notes 201
  • Chapter XI - U.N. Progress on Problems of Compensation 203
  • Notes 219
  • Chapter XII - Blocked Accounts 222
  • Notes 237
  • Chapter XIII - Conclusions 240
  • Select Bibliography 249
  • Index 261
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