Widow of Yamit evacuee requests monetary compensation
Eight years after her husband Misha Mishkan passed away, his widow is petitioning the government for the compensation money her late husband refused to take after he was evicted from his home in the Israeli settlement of Yamit; PMO says the matter in under consideration.
The widow of Misha Miskan, who famously went on a 67-day hunger strike to protest the eviction of Yamit in the Sinai Peninsula in 1982, has approached the Israeli government for assistance. While her husband, who died eight years ago, refused to accept any monetary compensation from the state after he was forced from his home, his widow explained that her current financial situation necessitates her request for the money.
After losing 44 kilos during his hunger strike, Mishkan relented after then chief Rabbi Ovadia Yosef asked him to break his fast. Yosef came to meet Mishkan and warned him that if he were to die from the fast, a civil war might break out as a result.
As the Mishkans do not have children, his widow would be entitled to the money that would have gone to her husband, if he would have accepted it at the time. The Prime Minister’s Office responded to the request, stating that it is under consideration.
Misha Mishkan made headlines once more, in 1995, when he arrived at Yitzhak Rabin’s funeral with a sign around his neck that read: “I am ashamed.” When asked about it, he explained that “While I didn’t agree with (Rabin’s) opinions and his last courses of action, I certainly appreciated him on a personal level.”