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Rusk Says Israel Should Permit Arab Refugees to Return to Their Former Homes

Secretary of State Dean Rusk said today that Israel should permit Arab refugees to return to their former homes. Such action by Israel, he said, would constitute a “most direct and efficient means of bringing relief to displaced persons,” Mr. Rusk said.

He expressed this opinion in a telegram to the Near East Donations Committee here. It was in reply to a message from that committee urging the Administration to assist Arab refugees, who, it said, were made homeless by Israel and who are facing the rigors of the coming winter.