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Israeli costs of Gaza operation mount

Posted by emmalazarus on January 11, 2009

Conservative estimates put the cost of Gaza invasion at $3 bn so far. As IAF reduces its scope op operation, direct costd will not rise rapidly. The call-up of 20,000 reservists pushes indirect costs upward: at $4,500 average GDP per employee per month economic losses run close to $1 bn monthly, further increased by economic stagnation in the embattled south.

So far, every Israeli Jewish family shelled out $3,000 to correct the government’s decision to disengage from Gaza three years ago. Staying in Gaza was not only profitable in terms of Gush Katif economic output, but far less expensive than the current invasion.

This article appeared in IUN. To visit the site, click here

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Life-protecting Sewers for Gush Katif Expellees

Posted by emmalazarus on December 31, 2008

By Sara Layah Shomron

Our family lives at the Nitzan caravilla site, halfway between Ashkelon and Ashdod. NO bomb shelters at this Nitzan or any temporary caravilla site. So when the Red Alert siren sounds of incoming rocket(s) – we quickly lay down on the floor and cover our heads as though in an open field (even one of our dogs initially cooperated as he put his paws over his ears) while others squeeze large families under their dining table, or behind a sofa and yet others simply ignore the warning and sit/walk outside.

“Bomb shelters” are being brought in today. One neighborhood already has. It’s comprised of three HUGE sewer pipes about 6ft tall and 12-15 ft long, put together to create one shelter in which one can stand and walk. On each end there’s a cement block covering most of the opening so one is protected from shrapnel. It’s like a hamster’s toy – only BIGGER. Actually my Wisconsin elementary school playground had a couple of these. Kids would squeeze inside during school-time recesses to keep warm from the freezing winter temperatures.
In our cul-de-sac today there was a conversation calmly discussing where to put the concrete sewage pipes in our parking lot. People don’t seem to be panicking (I translate and paraphrase):

Not in front of my house. It will destroy our breeze and view


I have a measuring tape – here- take an end

Put it in front of my house

No put it over there- it’s more in the middle
The government will get us all inside these and seal them closed

We’ve been expelled from our houses, in these caravillas, and now we’re supposed to go into sewers? What’s happening to us?
Does anybody know if these are used?
Have you guys seen the other neighborhood where kids are drawing on them? We should have a contest

You know we’ll have to sleep in street clothes
A neighbor sent their pre-teen daughter to request the sewage pipes be put by her house –they can’t make it in 30 seconds otherwise. And so went the conversation.
Several hours later three HUGE sewer pipes were trucked into our neighborhood. One of the neighbors made it clear to the army officer in charge that they wanted the pipes placed somewhere other than immediately in front of their caravilla. A compromise was reached with the sewage pipes placed a further distance in front of their caravilla. After all, we wouldn’t want the sewage pipes to dislodge, roll, and smash into a caravilla.

 

Postscript: The siren sounded just a short while ago in the late evening hours. My husband, on the computer wearing earphones, hadn’t heard. Suddenly he noticed me and the girls lying on the floor with our hands protecting our heads. “What are you doing? I didn’t hear a siren – outside to the sewers” said he. We had totally forgotten and made haste. Only four other neighborhood families joined us. We were about to return to our caravillas when we felt another BOOM though heard no siren. Methinks from now on we’ll sleep in our street clothes with a warm jacket in easy reach.
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Enviromental Row Over Proposed New Orange Community

Posted by naomigrossman on September 17, 2008

The Jerusalem Post reports that the National Planning Council has approved the construction of a new community in Mirsham, located in the Lachish Region near Kiryat Gat and Beit Govrin. The new community will provide a permanent home for 45 families that formerly lived in Gush Katif. Two other communities have also been approved in the Lachish area, possibly providing accommodation for around 300 Gush Katif families.

This news has not been well received by environmentalists, however, who may well appeal the decision.

To read the article in The Jerusalem Post, click here.

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Government Throwing “Sand in the Eyes” of West Bank Residents

Posted by naomigrossman on September 7, 2008

Ynet, the website of Yediot Acharonot, reports on the reactions of the former residents of Gush Katif to Chaim Ramon’s latest plan to compensate the Jewish residents of 72 communities that the government is thinking of relocating.

 

According to the plan, the government will compensate each family that moves prior to an evacuation. However, former residents of Gush Katif, many of whom are still living in temporary accommodation and continue to be out of work three years after the expulsion, have a strong sense of déjà vu.

 

They are throwing sand in these settlers’ eyes,” Chaggit Yaron, formerly of Neve Dekalim, is quoted as saying in the article. “They think money can solve this matter, but money is not even the issue. There are values and ideology here which are not being discussed at all, and instead they talk about the money the settlers will be given. Such a move cannot be implemented in exchange for money.”

 

Click here to read the full article that appeared on Ynet.

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Three Years Without a Permenant Home- Anita Tucker’s video presentation

Posted by emmalazarus on August 17, 2008

This broadcast from Israel National TV is the first in a four-part series called “Expelled,” documenting the storied of four families who were evicted from Gush Katif three years ago.

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