Despite Resolutions, Katif Expellees Still Stuck (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Maayana Miskin 04/06/12)
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Seven months ago, the government agreed to give additional funding
and land to the Israelis expelled from Gaza in the
2005 “Disengagement.” The assistance was to allow expellees to
finally move into permanent homes and continue their lives.
However, more than half a year later the assistance has yet to come
through. In the meantime, many expellees will celebrate Passover this
year in the caravan cities that were built to last for mere months.
Reuven Moshe directs the caravan site at Nitzan, home to many
expellees. He told Arutz Sheva that as time passes, frustration in
the area is growing.
“People have been waiting to get money for years. In the meantime
they are stuck. Nobody can move forward to building a permanent
home,” he explained.
Those expelled from Gush Katif were given compensation payments at
the time. However, when calculating the payments the government
focused only on the estimated cost of the homes destroyed, and not on
the fact that many expellees were left jobless for months and years
after losing their businesses and workplaces in the expulsion.
Many families were forced to spend the money meant for new homes on
food, school fees and other necessities during the lengthy search for
new employment. Many had to use the money to pay off mortgages on
their homes in Gaza, which had already been reduced to rubble.
During the past seven years many children expelled from Gush Katif
became adults - and became ineligible for needed aid.
The government continues to fail to grasp expellees’ reality, Moshe
said. He mentioned the compensation offered to farmers, “They offered
them land in places far from Nitzan, like in Zikim, and told
them, ‘We can’t give you land in Nitzan, because it is too
Now residents fear that the agreement to finally provide permanent
homes will die a quiet death, leaving them stranded, Moshe said. “The
land agreement is set to expire after one year… According to rumors,
the [Tnufa] administration will shut down entirely in 2013, which
will leave nobody to deal with us, and in the end we’ll be left with
nothing.” (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 04/06/12)
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