CAMERA Letter Published in Los Angeles Times

SEPTEMBER 26, 2004

Palestinian Investments Are Not Prohibited

Amir Hussian (letter, Sept. 7) erroneously claims that it is impossible for Arabs to invest in the Palestinian infrastructure because the 1994 Protocol on Economic Relations “prohibits Palestinians from starting any new industry that would compete with an existing Israeli industry.” In fact, the relevant part of the protocal states: “Each side will do its best to avoid damage to the industry of the other side and will take into consideration the concerns of the other side in its industrial policy.”

International donors and investors have poured money into Palestinian infrastructure. For example, the World Bank’s portfolio in the Palestinian areas consisted of 16 active investment projects as of August 2000, with total commitments of $297.9 million. The site indentifies improvements in the health and power sectors, and municipal and community infrastructure services, among others.

Tamar Sternthal
Senior Research Analyst
Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America, Boston