Photo: Reuters
Nisanit evacuation – some evacuees move into tents
Photo: Reuters

Gaza evacuees move into tents

Shameful reality: A total of 25 families who chose to evacuate voluntarily during Gaza Strip disengagement still have no home; 'After four years, the bureaucracy defeated us,' says one former Gaza resident

Their new roof is made of cloth. Four years after being evacuated from their Gaza Strip homes, several evicted families moved into tents in recent days. The tents are located near Galilee-area land plots where permanent homes were supposed to be constructed.


"Ariel Sharon said there is a solution to every settler. Around here, at this time, there is no solution for 70% of community members," says Sami Gabai, a former Nisanit resident. "That's the bottom line."


During the 2005 Gaza disengagement, a group of about 25 families who chose not to fight the evacuation joined forces in order to move together to a new northern community. The group comprises former residents of Nisanit, Dugit, and Rafiah Yam, as well as two Samaria families.


Evacuation pain (Photo: Tsafrir Abayov)


However, four years later, the evacuees say they have not yet been able to build a new life. "After four years, the bureaucracy defeated us," one former Gaza resident says.


Former Nisanit resident Avishai Bar Yehuda says that six months after the evacuation, the government dismissed previous property estimates undertaken on behalf of Gaza residents.


"The new estimates determined that the value of the homes was about 30% lower than the previous value agreed upon," he said. "The compensation offered now is not enough for an apartment in Ashkelon, not to mention a new home in the Galilee."


'We have no choice' 

Another major problem afflicting evacuees is unemployment, Bar Yehuda says. "There are a few people, like me, who continue to operate the business they built back in Nisanit. Yet most people are unemployed. We're talking about people in their 50s who find it difficult to find a job at their age."


A third problem is a derivative of the two others: The obstacles faced by evacuees who seek mortgages.


"We have no choice but to move into our land, but not into homew, but rather, into tents," Bar Yehuda says. "We don't want any favors from the State; we just want to know where we stand and we want them to help us to rehabilitate and help ourselves."


Meanwhile, Gabai says that the solution to the problem does not require extraordinary measures.


"They promised us 500 public service jobs, but they didn't deliver," he says. "That can solve some of the employment problems. As to the mortgages, the solution is State guarantees…there's no need for special laws for this; it's possible."


פרסום ראשון: 07.02.09, 18:52
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