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September 06, 1968 - Image 14

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1968-09-06

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It takes a clever man to make
use of second hand experience.

`Ghost' Palestine Refugee Problem Is Exposed as Heavy Burden on the U.S.

NEW YORK—A Middle East ex-
pert authorized by the State De-
partment to investigate the Arab
refugee problem accused a UN
agency of supporting as many as
500,000 "nonexistent ghosts" with
U. S. Tax dollars.
The accusation was made in a
signed article ap-
pearing in the
current issue of
Look magazine
by Ira Hirch-
mann, who said
that UNRWA
(United Nations 0
Relief and Works
Agency for Pal-
estine Refugees
in the Near 2.
East) has been Hirschmann
duped out of millions of U. S. tax
dollars by Arab refugee families
and UNRWA officials.
"The American taxpayer, in the
name of humanitarianism, has un-
wittingly written a blank check
that is helping to develop a perma-
nent. Arab refugee body, intensify
Arab-Israeli animosities and incite
general war in the Middle East,"
Hirschmann declared.
It was noted that over the past
20 years, UNRWA funds have
been supplied largely by the U.S.
Congress has given the agency
some $400,000,000, which has
comprised nearly two-thirds of
UNRWA's budget.
UNRWA has "failed almost com-
pletely" in its original assignment
of rehabilitating Arab refugees,
Hirschmann said. "Its bureaucra-
cy of 12,000 employees is merely
perpetuating itself in Jordan,
Gaza, Lebanon and Syria, and the
suffering of the Arab refugees is
perpetuated so that the Arab coun-
tries can continue to raise the
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In his article, Hirschmann stated
that UNRWA officials conceal
deaths in the refugee camps. He
said that false registrations, black
markets in ration cards, and un-
reported deaths all contribute to
highly inflated population figures.
The refugee scandal was
brought to light a few months
after the Six-Day War. For the
first time, Israeli census takers
were able to make an accurate
count of refugees in camps now
inside Israeli-occupied territory.
"From the overall census, it can

be concluded that somewhere be-
tween 200,000 and 500,000 refugees
of the total of 1,300,000 are non-
existent ghosts, many of whom
still receive UNRWA aid," said
During his investigation of the
scandal, Hirschmann found that
many Arab refugee families in the
camps did not report the deaths of
family members in order to assure
continued use of their ration cards.
The sale of illegal ration cards
to non-refugee Arabs outside the
camps became an immense black

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From Knopf's children's book
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Insects as friends of man are in-
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Because the story resembles the
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Student With High Purpose
From Trade Winds by Jerome
Beatty Jr. in Saturday Review.
Bill Worthington, 91, of Yonkers,
New York, explained .why he was
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cramming for the finals."

market business. In fact, wrote
Hirschmann, the black market
was openly encouraged by Jordan 14—Friday, September 6, 1968
and Syria because both countries
saw the black market as a means
of fostering Arab unrest.
(Note — The Jewish News on
several occasions similarly ex-
posed the Arab refugee exag-
gerations. The editor, in reports
from Israel, indicated how the
rolls were padded and ration
cards were sold on the black
market. The most recent of the
exposes in The Jewish News was
the Purely Commentary column
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of June 21 written from Tel Aviv
on the subject "The Legend of
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the Refugees.")



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