still no permanent homes
Other results of the Brain Base Institute’s survey include the following:
· The survey shows that of the 81% still in temporary accommodation, nearly half of them believe that it will take at least two more years – five years since their eviction – until they are able to move to permanent homes.
· Two-thirds of the evictees are unhappy with their temporary housing.
· The jobless rate among the former Gush Katif residents is 17% almost 3 times higher than the rest of the country at a time when unemployment nationwide has dropped to its lowest level in 13 years.
· Nearly a third of those who worked in agriculture – a mainstay of the Gush Katif economy are currently without work.
· Well over a third of those made homeless by the withdrawal 37% describe their economic situation as bad or very bad. Of these, 40% say they require financial help from friends or relatives.
· A quarter of the evicted Jews say they are using their compensation money for day-to-day living, leaving them little or nothing with which to build houses to replace the ones the government razed to the ground.
· Over half the evictees – 55% – have required psychological help during the last three years.
ZOA National President Morton A. Klein said, “It is simply a scandal that the Brain Base Institutes grave and depressing findings regarding the circumstances of the evictees from Gush Katif are the reality today, three years since the Israeli government uprooted 9,000 Jews from their homes, schools, synagogues, farms and businesses and destroyed their thriving and delightful communities.
“The ZOA was the only major American Jewish organization that was a firm opponent of the Gaza unilateral withdrawal, before, during and after the event and regrettably we were right about the dire consequences that would follow for the security and well-being of Israel and especially for Israeli towns and communities adjacent to Gaza. But not enough has been said or done by any American Jewish organization about the deplorable conditions and treatment meted out to these guiltless, law-abiding and pioneering Israelis uprooted from
“It is especially incumbent upon the Israeli government and all those who supported this disastrous unilateral withdrawal to do their utmost for the Jews who were most drastically affected by it. Regrettably, there has been neglect and for the most part silence. This is not something of which the Israeli government or any genuine Zionist can feel proud. We strongly urge the Olmert government to act now to assist the