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Three years late? Knesset Commissions Inquiry into the Disengagement

Posted by emmalazarus on July 30, 2008

After a special session was held last week to mark the third anniversary of the Expulsion from Gush Katif, the Knesset has now ordered an official enquiry into the treatment of those that were evicted from their homes in August 2005.

According to Ynet News, “the decision to establish the commission was passed by a 9-3 margin. As stated in the article, State Control Committee Chairman Zevulun Orlev (National Union-NRP) backed the move and said that “the government expelled 10,000 people from their homes and abandoned them.”

It seems unclear as to what the commission will achieve, and no doubt many will conclude that it is a move that would have been welcomed over two years ago. Those evicted from their homes have spent three years dealing with the fact that they were thrown out of their homes and essentially left to fend for themselves, living in temporary housing, with little to no compensation. What this commission will do to help the lives of these people is unclear, but even though this move comes long after it should have, it is a positive step that the Government is now taking some action to at least examine the Disengagement, and hopefully repair in some small way the untold damage that has been done.

To see the full article that appeared in Ynet News, click here


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Three Years of Hardship for Gush Katif Expellees

Posted by emmalazarus on July 24, 2008 The Knesset Audit Committee is likely to support a public inquiry committee that will investigate the government’s treatment of the Gush Katif expellees.  Twenty housing units have been approved for former residents of the now-destroyed Gush Katif town of Shirat HaYam in Maskiyot in the Jordan Valley.

81% of Expelled Families Still Far From Permanent Homes
Three years after the Disengagement, the Knesset Audit Committee is on the way to initiating a public inquiry committee that will investigate the government’s treatment of the Gush Katif expellees.  The proposal follows this week’s release of a report showing that 81% of expellees are still in temporary housing, among other grave findings.

A special gathering was held at the Knesset on Wednesday to mark the approaching third anniversary of the Disengagement.  The results of the survey – conducted by the Brain Base Institute, headed by Prof. Yitzchak Katz, for the Gush Katif Residents Committee – were presented for the occasion.

The survey shows that of the 81% still on wheels, nearly half of them believe that it will take at least two more years – five years since their expulsion – until they are able to move to permament homes.  Two-thirds of the expellees are unhappy with their temporary housing. 

The numbers of unemployed are also very worrisome.  Though unemployment nationwide has dropped to its lowest level in 13 years, the jobless rate among the former Gush Katif residents is 17% – 2.7 times higher than the rest of the country.

Half of those without jobs continue to seek work, but the other half were thrown against their will into the job market at an age at which they believe they will not be able to find another job, and are therefore not even looking.  Nearly a third of those who worked in agriculture – a mainstay of the Gush Katif economy – are currently without work.

For the full story, click here. Article written by Hillel Fendel, Israel National News

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Three Years Later: Gush Katif Evacuees Suffering Financial, Medical Problems

Posted by emmalazarus on July 23, 2008

Maagar Mohot survey shows 81% of evacuees still in temporary housing, 50% unemployed; Evacuees flunk government, SELA Administration in handling pullout, claim their youth reluctant to join IDF   

Three years after Gaza pullout, and 81% of the evacuees are still living in temporary housing, said a Maagar Mohot Institute survey, headed by Professor Yitzhak Katz. 

This survey, the first large-scale one of its kind, examining the evacuees’ financial, emotional and medical situation as well as their attitude towards state institutions. The data is scheduled to be presented before the Knesset on Wednesday.

According to the data, 44% of those who took part in the survey said they believe it will take at least two more years before they are transferred to permanent housing; thus prolonging their stay in the temporary structures by five years at least. 

Some 67% of the Gush Katif evacuees aren’t satisfied with their temporary housing arrangement. 

More than 50% of them are busy job-hunting and don’t believe they can find employment and reenter the work market. The sector suffering the hardest is the agricultural one: Three years after the pullout, about 31% of the evacuees whose livelihood was agriculture-based are still unemployed. 

Moreover, 37% of the Gush Katif evacuees describe their situation as “bad” or “very bad.” Another 15% say they need financial aid and are being supported by relatives or friends. Some 70% of the participants claim their financial situation is far worse than it was prior to the evacuation. 

 This article was taken from 07/23/08: To view the full story, click here

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Globes: Disengagement Was ‘Recipe for Chaos’

Posted by emmalazarus on July 22, 2008

( Nearly 1,700 families expelled from northern Gaza and Gush Katif three summers ago still are without permanent homes as a result of the Disengagement program, which the Globes business newspaper called a “recipe for chaos.” Its in-depth study shows that 80 percent of the expulsion victims are without permanent housing solutions despite optimistic promises by the Olmert administration.

Construction of new homes has begun at only two sites, with other sites only having reached the stage of allotting plots of land and others not even at that stage.

See Full article by Israel National News here

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Documentary on Gush Katif- Banished

Posted by emmalazarus on July 15, 2008

12 Tribe Foundation presents this eye opening documentary that exposes the situation of former Gush Katif and Northern Shomron families 2 years after being removed from their homes- produced by Igal Hecht and Chutzpah Productions

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Gush Katif: A Celebration of the settlers

Posted by emmalazarus on July 6, 2008

This is an amazing video featuring one of the contributors to the book Shifra Shomron. Shifra is the author of the first english book on Gush Katif Grains of Sand: The Fall of Neve Dekalim

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