Gush Katif Hotel Readied for Permanent Guests (INN-ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) 05/24/05)
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Preparations are being made to bring over 100 families to live in
the abandoned Palm Beach Hotel in Gush Katif. Students from around
the country are cleaning it up.
Once a center of attraction for vacationers from all over the
country, the hotel was abandoned shortly after the Oslo War began in
late 2000, and has been gradually vandalized since then. Of late,
however, local residents have begun moving in, renovating the beach-
side rooms themselves.
Some 50 students from the Yeshivat Hesder in Sderot spent a day two
weeks ago cleaning up the lobby and reception area of broken glass
and pieces of ornaments.
Students from the Girls´ Ulpanah High School in Maaleh Levonah, near
Shilo, continued the cleaning this week, beginning to paint as well.
The girls spend half the day studying in the nearby Medrasha, and
spend the rest of the day renovating.
Boys from the Yeshiva High School in Dimona have also taken part in
"We are people of faith," Shai, a bare-headed young man who has been
living in the hotel for a few months, told an Arutz-7 reporter, "and
we don´t give in. The government can plan to give this away, but
there are other, Divine forces at work in this game."
Shai´s father was killed in a terrorist attack over ten years ago in
his Gush Katif greenhouse. He and several friends were the first to
arrive in the hotel, in the belief that more settlement in the area
is what is necessary at this time. "Many more people have been
joining us here lately," he said, "including families with children.
This is of course great encouragement for us - even though I don´t
see them so much, because I spend the day at work in the greenhouses
[elsewhere in Gush Katif]." (IsraelNationalNews © 05/24/05)
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