The Expulsion From Gush Katif

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Three Years of Hardship for Gush Katif Expellees

Posted by emmalazarus on July 24, 2008

IsraelNN.com) 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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