New Ex-Katif Community: Karmei Katif (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gil Ronen 02/22/12)
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Sixty families evicted in the Katif Bloc (Gush Katif) Expulsion in
2005 have officially founded a new community in the Lachish region of
The new community will be named Karmei Katif ("The Vineyards of
Katif") and will initially be composed of 34 families evicted from
the community of Katif and another 26 families from other communities
in the Katif Bloc. It will be located near the moshav (agricultural
community) of Amatzia.
Tractors are already leveling out the ground on the site and
construction of public housing will begin in short order.
The community´s founding was made possible by the siging of an
agreement between the state and moshav Amatzia. The agreement was to
be signed 18 months ago but various demands by Amatzia slowed down
the process – until it was finalized this week. The plot that will
serve the new community will be returned to the Israel Lands
Authority, in return for other land that will go to Amatzia, and
coverage of the moshav´s debts.
After development work is completed, a tender for distributing the
plots among the eleigible families will be held. The families have
been living in a temporary site on Amatzia´s outskirts since the
The chairman of the Tnufa Authority that assists Gush Katif
expellees, Dr. Rabbi Ophir Cohen, said in response to the
agreement: "I am glad that another community from Gush Katif gets to
rebuild their home and return to the positive, productive and blessed
circle of life that they were part of in the past."
More than 8000 Israelis were expelled by Prime Minister Ariel
Sharon´s government in 2005 in the disastrous "disengagement from
Gaza´ and their homes, public buildings and businesses destroyed.
Even the dead were exhumed and reburied outside the bloc. Hamas
terrorists soon took over Gaza and have since been waging an
escalated missile war against Israel. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012
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