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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

...And The Residents Of The Border Towns Will Not Find Comfort

י"ח לחודש האחד עשר תשע"ג
Arutz 7: 165 Families Evacuated from Gaza in 2005 Face Expulsion Again
Families displaced in Gaza Disengagement were given urgent evacuation orders to leave the Nitzan caravan site.

Annie Lubin , January 29, 2013

165 families who reside in the caravan site in Nitzan were given urgent evacuation orders to leave their homes, Ma'ariv reported on Tuesday.

According to the report, the families, who took up residence in Nitzan after being kicked out of their homes in Gush Katif, were ordered to pay rent to the government on the caravans but many were unable to or simply refused, citing poor living conditions and a feeling of frustration towards the government over the realty that seven years after the forced "Disengagement" from Gaza many of their lives are still in fragments.

Officials in the Tenufa Administration, tasked with resettling those who were expelled from Gaza, recently gave eviction orders to residents to leave their homes within 45 days.

According to the report, the State reasoned that within a certain time frame all residents would have to buy a plot of land on a new community established on the coast of Ashkelon and either bring their caravan there or build a home.

However, many families cannot afford to buy land or build a house, as many are still in financial distress over losing their jobs, businesses and homes during the Disengagement.

Other families, who wanted to finance the move by transferring the caravans to the permanent community, did not meet the State's conditions.

Families who managed to finance the purchase of land and have begun building homes and wish to remain in the caravan site until construction is complete will have to pay heavy fines and, even so, will only be allowed to remain in the site for another three months.

Tenufa responded to the eviction by claiming that it has repeatedly taken into account the delicate situation of the families but that the State would not be able to comply any longer.

"The vast majority of residents already live in permanent homes or are in the construction process," the Administration stated. "Those who received eviction notices from the state and for various reasons have not yet started building their homes, will be asked to pay rent in order to arrange the continuing existence of the residential mobile homes. It should be emphasized that the management repeatedly extended offers on families exempting them from paying rent, but now, following the government decision, families are required to follow these orders." (What were the conditions of those exemptions?  That's what I would like to know.)

As of January 1st 2013, residents of the caravan site were ordered to pay rent to the government to the tune of NIS 1,400 for a 60 meter caravan and NIS 2,400 for a 90 meter caravan.

(Tip Credit: Jews News)
Sound familiar?  This scenario was presented to us long ago by HaZa"L.
תלמוד בבלי, מסכת סנהדרין צז,א
תניא ר' יהודה אומר דור שבן דוד בא בו בית הוועד יהיה לזנות והגליל יחרב והגבלן יאשם ואנשי גבול יסובבו מעיר לעיר ולא יחוננו וחכמת הסופרים תסרח ויראי חטא ימאסו ופני הדור כפני כלב והאמת נעדרת שנאמר (ישעיהו נט,טו) ותהי האמת נעדרת וסר מרע משתולל

Babylonian Talmud, Sanhedrin 97a
It was taught, Rabbi Yehudah said: In the generation when the son of David comes, the house of assembly will be for harlots, the Galilee will be in ruins, Gablan will lie desolate, the residents from the border towns will wander about from city to city, receiving no comfort (hospitality), the wisdom of scribes will be in disfavor, God-fearing men will be despised, people will be dog-faced, and the truth will be absent, as it is said, "And the truth is absent, and he who withdraws from evil makes himself prey." (Isaiah 59:15)

You will hopefully notice that this suggiyah also presents several other eventss which can be seen today, that is, if you open your eyes.

I can still remember the faces of those expelled from their homes in Azza, who filed into the Internet Cafe where I worked to receive the free time on-line my bosses offered to them, to help them find news places to live, new jobs, and to stay in touch with their friends and neighbors scattered around the country.

The shock in their faces was accompanied by words of shock that their government would ever have done such a thing to such loyal citizens.

Boy, did they get a wake up call.

I feel for these people, but I hope that by now they have learned their lesson, and will know better than to trust the Israeli government to do the right thing anymore.

1 comment:

Ariel Ben Yochanan said...

B"H - My impression is that they did not get the "wake up call" you refer to. It seems that they continue to place their hopes and aspirations, with other words they continue to worship: The State. Until that stops, it is unlikely that their hardship will be stopped. By Whom? By Hashem, of course. He is a jealous G-d and doesn't like replacement intermediaries in general and the State in this role in particular.

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