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Recent events have had their impact on the Jews of the Lebanon, relatively the best off of all the Jews in the Arab lands around Israel, according to reports in the Lebanese press. Jews in increasing numbers are seeking to leave that country, according to the papers, resulting in economic dislocation although the emigrants are not permitted to take much property with them. Most of the 3,000 Lebanese Jews are engaged in trade and they are relatively prosperous, but the continuing Middle East crisis, the terrorist activities and the hangings in Iraq have convinced many Lebanese Jews that they would be safer elsewhere.