Wednesday, July 19, 2006


from a former resident of Neve Dekalim

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Like the early immigrants from North Africa, there wasn't any permanent housing for the Gush Katif expellees and a very inadequate number of temporary "caravillas". Hence the hotel solution. Certainly the conditions of the caravillas are far superior to the maabarot camps of the 50's reflecting the relatively small number of expellees to house and the economic advancement of the country. Regarding location, Gush Katif expellees don't particularly live in dangerous areas: Nitzan, Ashkelon, Yad Benyamin, Eshchol region, Bustan Hagalil, Eastern Lachish. For the most part, the expellees chose these central locations. That they have become dangerous areas is a result of arab missile development and an impotent Israeli government response to arab attacks from both Gaza and Lebanon. In fact, nearly a third of Israeli Jews are under missile attack, matching the proportion of Gush Katif expellees under the same threat.

Regarding the expellees, the government should be blamed for lack of permanent housing, lack of community solutions, and lack of employment. Regarding the third of Israeli Jews under missile attack the government should be blamed for valuing arab "non combatants" over our own soldiers and civilians.

--Yossi Shomron

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