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July 30, 1993 - Image 110

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1993-07-30

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ne Hula Valley is to be rehabilitated.

Hula Lake Re-Creates"
To Provide Farmland

Jerusalem (JTA) — Forty
years after the Jewish Na-
tional Fund drained the
swamps of the Galilee's
Hula Valley to create more
farrriland, the agency has
started work on a somewhat
opposite project — to re-
create the Hula Lake.
The inauguration
ceremony of the New Hula
Project took place last week,
as 50 heavy tractors began
work.
By November, promised
Moshe Rivlin, chairman of
the JNF, more than a mill-
ion cubic yards of earth will
be removed to form new ca-
nals in the area.
The new project does not
involve reflooding the
valley, which was drained in
the 1950s. Its purpose is
rather to raise the water
table over an area of more
than 250 acres of non-arable
peat soil.
The project aims at
rehabilitating ag,riculolial
land, enabling b- •ol
over the qual—y ol water
flowing into the Kinneret
and creating new recrea-
tional areas.
"This extensive Hula de-
velopment project carried
out by the JNF will restore
the flow of the Jordan River
to this area and crate condi-
tions which will enable peo-
ple to enjoy the advantages
of nature and surroun-
dings," said Ya'acov Tsur,
minister of agriculture.
Once the first stage of the
project is completed, an
everglade landscape will be
created as part of a major
tourism project complete
with an animal and bird
park.
The JNF drained the
swamps of the Hula Valley

in the 1950s as its first
tional development projek
after the establishment
the state.
This created" more th n ,
15,000 acres of agricultu::_
land, which was allocatei
nearby moshavim and k
butzim. The area becani.
breadbasket of Israel of
the years with fruit tre,
wheat, corn and other pro
duce.
However, problems aros
in the center of the valle-
where peat soil was locate'
a drop in the water tabs
decaying peat, undergrolj
fires, sinking ground ä
flyaway peat, which covers
nearby farm areas.
The new project shoul-
help in overcoming the
problems.

Two Israelis
Attacked In Italy

Rome (JTA) — Two Isra•
students were attacked ai.,
lightly injured in a'
Adriatic seaside town by
group of anti-imm.ign.
thugs who apparent
mistook the Israelis for N
th African immigrants.
The attackers shoute.
slogans such as "dirty Third.
Worlders" during the in-
dent in the town of Ancoi
according to news reports.
The thugs also thr'
bottles, breaking the nos(
one of the students,
study at the University o
Ancona's Medical School.
Police arrived on the scef:
and arrested five of the a
tackers. Three police offic
were injured as they scut
with the gang. 0

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