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February 26, 1993 - Image 31

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1993-02-26

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Savings

he Territories Can't
ustain The Arabs

el Aviv (JTA) — A new
udy done by Tel Aviv Uni-
rsity has shown that the
rastructure of the West
ank and the Gaza Strip is
o underdeveloped to in-
ependently sustain the
sidents' current standard
living.
Economic studies of the
rritories, such as the Are-
nt one, have taken on add-
d importance as policy-
akers try to project what
pe of autonomy ar-
ngements for Palestinians
ght be feasible.
The economic life of Pales-
nians in the territories is
ighly dependent and
tertwined with the more
odernized economy of
rael proper, said the study
y Yihai Dror, recently
ublished by Tel Aviv Uni-
ersity's Armand Hammer
and for Economic Coopera-
on in the Middle East.
Dror said it would cost $10
illion to develop the ter-
itories' infrastructure to a
vel close to Israel's own.
According to the latest
ata available, per capita
oss domestic product in
e Gaza Strip reached $700
1990. However, per capita

consumption was $870 in the
same year.
In general terms, this
means that more money is
spent in Gaza than is made.
The difference is made up
with money earned by Pales-
tinian laborers who work in
Israel proper.
The same is true of the
West Bank. The per capita
gross domestic product in
the West Bank was $1,335 in
1987, the last year for which
reliable data are available.
However, that was $130 less
than the per capita con-
sumption during the same
year.
For the territories to de-
velop a more solid, indepen-
dent industrial and econ-
omic base, the electrical in-
frastructure would require a
major overhaul.
Dror's report noted that
the Arab-owned East
Jerusalem Electric Com-
pany is capable of producing
only 5 percent of the electric-
ity it provides. The company
buys the rest from the Israel
Electric Company.
In addition, the stations
that relay the electricity are
already operating at max-
imum capability.

thiopian Converts
ay Go To Israel

erusalem (JTA) — After
onths of public debate and
overnment deliberations,
he Cabinet voted to back a
lan that would allow the
alash Mora to immigrate
ere from Ethiopia as in-
ividuals, but not as Jews
nder the state Law of
turn.
The move would apparent-
y block the chances for a
ass immigration of the
alash Mora, Ethiopians
hose ancestors were Jews
who converted to Christiani-
ty.
Ethiopian Jewish groups
in Israel have generally at-
tacked the plan as not going
far enough to bring the en-
tire Falash Mora community
to Israel.
Many Ethiopian Jews in
Israel have relatives among
the Falash Mora who remain
in Africa. The group is
variously estimated to
number between 20,000 and
40,000.
Some 4,000 Falash Mora
are now waiting in Addis

Ababa, Ethiopia's capital,
hoping to emigrate and set-
tle in Israel. Thousands
more live in rural areas.
Ethiopian immigrant
groups here, who have stag-
ed demonstrations against
the recommendation, de-
mand that the entire sect be
recognized as Jews. Under
the Law of Return, any Jew
has an automatic right of
immigration to Israel.
As the Cabinet met to vote
on the plan, scores of Ethio-
pians demonstrated outside.
The plan approved by the
Cabinet was the recommen-
dation of a ministerial com-
mittee that studied the issue
for months and proposed
that immigration be approv-
ed on an individual basis us-
ing the guideline of family
reunification.
Some of the Falash Mora
would also be eligible to im-
migrate under the Law of
Return if they have Jewish
parents or grandparents, or
if they have decided to
return to Judaism.

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