Arab Students in U.S. Hold Convention in Boston; Get Peace Appeal from Israelis

A proposal that Arab students in the United States help work out “constructive proposals for the mutual betterment of all the people in our region” was sent today to the convention of the Arab Students Association, being held here, by the Israeli Students Organization in the United States and Canada.

The Arab student group, which claims to represent 3,000 members, is holding its four day parley at the Student Center of Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The convention has attracted about 300 Arab students from American universities. So far, the principal addresses delivered at the parley had been made by Rashad Mouad, a representative of the Arab League at the United Nations, and Dr. Fayez Saygeh, professor of political science at the American University in Beirut, Lebanon. Both speakers hewed to the customary Arab interpretation of last June’s Six-Day War, charging Israel with “aggression and expansionism” and attacking the United States for supporting Israel.

In its message to the convention, the Israeli student group noted that “for the third time in 20 years, the events have demonstrated the utter futility of armed confrontation as a means of dealing” with the Israeli-Arab issues. The Israeli students declared that the June war was not “a source of glee to us and our people, for the death of Arab and Jew alike is an obscene violation of our common humanity.” The Israelis advised the Arab students “to confront the deep problems of our common region with candor, personal integrity and courage.”

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