Government Freezes Building, Disabled Children Suffer (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Maayana Miskin 05/06/12)
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The ban on new construction in Judea and Samaria officially ended in
2010. In practice, however, many communities remain unable to build.
In Ofra, north of Jerusalem, a freeze on construction is hitting the
most vulnerable residents: handicapped children from the Binyamin
Mali Shtrigler, head of the Lev Binyamin organization for children
and adults with special needs, explained the problem in an interview
with Arutz Sheva. Lev Binyamin aims to provide care programs,
afterschool activities, summer camps and more to those with
disabilities, from babies to young adults – and the group does not
turn away those who seek its help even after aging out of the program.
Three days after the 2010 construction freeze ended, the group broke
ground on a building that was to provide an appropriate setting for
its activities. Soon after, however, government officials asked the
group to stop construction in order to give them time to make sure
all land in Ofra has proper legal authorization – and since then,
nothing has changed.
The delay is particularly pointless, says Shtrigler, due to the fact
that the original construction freeze was never intended to apply to
educational facilities in any case.
The organization is currently using space provided by the local
religious high school for girls. Unfortunately, Shtrigler said, while
the school’s administrators are eager to help, the school’s
infrastructure is not suitable for those with special needs.
“We’ve turned to everyone we can in politics and in the army. They
say that we’re right and that it’s really not right that children
with special needs be forced to wait, but still nothing moves
forward,” she said.
Even Education Minister Gidon Saar responded to the problem, she
added, but said his hands are tied. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012
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