Page 5, 19th February 1971

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Page 5, 19th February 1971 — The weapon of the Arab world

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The weapon of the Arab world

letter of February 12, "challenges" Inc on my "uncharitable" attitude towards the Palestinians and later accuses me of "hatred for these exiles."

May I now "challenge" her to furnish proof of either attitude in my regard from my earlier letter? If she reads that letter again (carefully this time!) she will find that my condemnation is reserved for a small group of Palestinians who merely cause more suffering, to Jew and Arab alike, and offer no solution to any problem by their indiscriminate bomb outrages.

1 gather Lady Richmond approves of such attacks. I am well aware, despite my reading of "propaganda" in the place of "history" (another of Lady Richmond's accusations with no evidence!) that the problems in Palestine arc neither simple nor consigned to one particular group.

I am also aware that the Israeli Government is willing to discuss these and related problems, with a view to settling them. But the continuation of the Palestinian refugee problem furnishes the Arab world with a weapon too good to relinquish, and they refuse to consider negotiations, though discussion there will have to be eventually.

The Israeli world has given indications of goodwill; Israeli aid poured across the Jordan in the recent outbreak of civil war in that country. On the other hand, animated speeches which issue forth from various Arab sources still talk of "driving the Jews into the sea."

(Bro.) Mario Sanderson, C.F.X.

Twickenham, Middx.

Women of year CHRISTIAN concern can express itself in different ways. For many it is unobtrusive assistance to the people in their immediate surroundings. For a few it may be wisdom in public affairs, or an ability to inspire others.

Each year we seek the names of Catholic women who have impressed your readers with their special qualities in any sphere. May we invite nominations now for our Catholic Women of this year?

(Mrs.) Rudi Weisweiller, Chairman, Catholic Women of the Year Luncheon Committee, 1 Hillsleigh Road,

London, W.8.

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