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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 4, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta -WodnmJcy, November 4, 1970 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 37 Israel Bulldozing Way Ahead For Rehabilitation Of Refugees By WAl.TKIl SCIW'AIIZ Lumloii Ofoservci' Service Gnzn bulldozers clearing roads through refugee camps are making a start on an Is- raeli program tor rehabilitat- ing refugees under occupation. The roads ;irc being officially built "lo improve security in the camps" onct [or Iliis pur- pose sli'ect lighting is being in- stalled. But the program also involves pulling clown huts built by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) and replacing them vnth more spacious quarters, which could eventually form the nuciuus of villages or even towns Three years after the Six- Day War brought balf-a-million refugees ffljiler Israeli control these are the first tangible signs that something is being done about them. "What we're doing at this staRc is simply to bring some light and space into the said Colonel Shmucl Liran, the Military Government's liaisnn officer. Officials stress that a per- manent solution of the refugee problem must await Israel- Arab negotiations for a final peace settlement. But mean- while it is hoped that 'some refugees will bo induced to move out of the camps in search of work, and others to convert their huts into homes. The scheme is linked with new efforts lo create jobs, .both near the camps and further afield inside Israel "proper." Already about Gaza refugees go to work in Israel every mor- ning, amt earn fsraeli rates of pny. Inside the Gaza Strip there is virtually no industry, but an industrial zone is being constructed at its northern ex- tremity and there are plans lo build a purl nl Gaza for the export of oranges and the im- port of raw malcriuls. Of tile West Bank Arabs who go to work in Israel many are also refugees, and (he rehabilitation policy applies lieve, too. Hooms in the new huts are of "regulation" UNRWA size a miserable nine square yards. But the walled compounds are big enough for families to build on their own- additions. This had already happened in two newly-occupied compounds I visited at El Bureij camp. The building Is being done by UNI1WA but the Israelis are paying. At El liureij and a ncighlwring camn, new rooms are being built, and the scheme will be extended to all eight camps in (lie Gaza Strip. The new huts have built-in water closets to replace the communal ones and water points are provided for each cluster of compounds. Electric- ity, already introduced for street lighting, will be brought into the houses later. At pres- ent most Palestinian refugees live in squalid, overcrowded shacks with none of these fa- cifities. The scheme is still tentative and beset with political pitfalls, Mr, Arthur Geaney, UNRWA's director of operations in Gaza, says that "resettlement" is strictly disallowed hy the terms of UN resolutions which he ad- ministers. "But since (he roads are being built lor security we cannot object to the Israelis re- placing huts that have been pulled down. We insist that rooms arc of standard size but we have allowed (he bigger compounds and the toilets." Mr. Geaney considers Iliat it tie "entirely feasible" for improved camps to grow into villages "provided there was enough jobs." Bu{ he added that half the families in his camps were listed as "hard- ship indicating (hat (his process had still a long way to The Israeli in charge of (lie scheme is Mr. Sliimon Peres, Minister of Transport, lie was msdc responsible- for refugee policy last year, when he was Minister without Portfolio, and lias remained in charge, But he considers that because of the political pitfalls (he less said about it at this stage the bet- ter. A trust fund for the eco- nomic development and reha- bilitation of refugees has been set up, run by senior officials and bankers, fn to 20 million pounds (Israeli) set aside for the project this year, Mr. Peres is reported to have raised from Zionist sources abroad. Ever since the Six Day Wfir (lie Israelis have dcbaled what lo dp about the refugees under their rule. Out- riglil resettlement was not de- sirable, because it would have s h o r L-circuitcd a directly ne- gotiated p o 1 i I i cal settlement with the Arabs. Nor would it have been feasible, because (he guerrillas would have taRcd it. The first scheme, put for- ward by a senior Jewish Agency official, was lo build a new town in the Gaza Sfrip. But this, and a similar plan put for- w a r d by an academic group, was scrapped. The rK'U' poiicy, inaugurated last year, original- ly included a plan lo move large numbers of refugees from Gaza to new housinfi in the West Bank, where there arc more jobs, But (his vva.s op- posed by the Arabs and drojv ped. The remaining plan is llnl, in (he words of one offi- cial, "in three or four years' lime there will be no refugee camps as we know them in Israel administered terri- toil'e.s." Ultimately I b e policy o! "creeping by 1m- proving economic conditions, will depend on much in- dustry can be brought into or near (he C'aza i'dip. So far there are few signs that any- thing like sufficient priorily has beeji given to (hat. 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