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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


One Response to “Three Years Later: Gush Katif Evacuees Suffering Financial, Medical Problems”

  1. Dan Mey said

    “And the threefold cord is not easily broken” (Kohelet 4:12)

    On the 3rd Anniversary of the Disengagement
    from Gush Katif and Northern Shomron

    CYIR: Council of Young Israel Rabbis in Israel
    in conjunction with The Jerusalem Great Synagogue

    invite you to a special evening of
    Commemoration, Inspiration and Solidarity

    HaRav Yosef Tzvi Rimon
    Founder and Chairman, JobKatif; recipient of the Presidents Award for Volunteerism – 2008

    Mrs. Anita Tucker
    “The Celery Lady” – 30 year resident of Netzer Hazani

    HaRav Sholom Gold
    Rabbi Emeritus, Young Israel of Har Nof; founder and dean of Avrom Silver College

    Mrs. Aviva Pinchuk
    Volunteering to answer the needs of Gush Katif Evacuees

    featuring the international launch of “Tefila L’Ani –the Poor Man’s Prayer”
    written by HaRav Yossef Elnekave – Rosh Moetzet HaDatit of Gush Katif

    Thursday, August 7, 2008 – אור לז’ מנחם אב, התשס”ח
    Jerusalem Great Synagogue, 55 King George Street

    Doors open: 7:15 pm
    Program starts promptly at: 8:00 pm
    Cost: NIS 20
    (The entire program will be presented in English)

    We urge you to attend this important and meaningful event

    For further information please contact: 02.625.4983 ext. 111;

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