TEL AVIV, FEB (Feb. 12)
While it controls Jewish immigration on the one hand owing to its plea of the satiation of economic absorption in the country and declares that there is widespreal Arab unemployment, the Palestine government must on the other hand admit a shortage of labor, Davasr, Hebrew daily, reported in connection with the position in Jaffa harbor.
Tel Aviv and Jaffa merchants, both Arabs and Jews, have asked for an increase of porters as the present number in the port is in sufficient to unload the boats. The authorities have replied that no spite of the fact that there are many Bedouins and Transjordan Arabs among this class of stevedores.
The customs authorities, as a result, are unable to give full service in the port, declares the paper, and twenty or more boats come in daily but cannot be unloaded. The import figures are now almost a million pounds a month, and exports are growing. Traffic at Jaffa port has reached a record and unprecedented peak.
Complaining of the inability or unwillingness of the government to take radical measures, Davar points out that the proposed improvements and alterations at the port are far less constructive than the sitution demands. The excue for refusal to build a Jetty or subsidiary port at the mouth of the Yarkon river, near Tel Aviv, was that the authorities could remeday matters sufficiently at the prot in jaffa, but this has not been done. Acoording to experts, Jaffa can be given a moderport, which would be self-supporting from the poin of view of consturctional costs.
Jews and Arabs are complaining bitterly of the shortsighted policy adopted by the Government, which, they declare, is having the effect of retarding the development of Tel Aviv and Jaffa.
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