Gush Katif Evacuees Still in Limbo

Ad Feedback - JERUSALEM, Israel - Three years after the government's pullout from the Gaza Strip, the vast majority of evacuees remain in limbo.

A comprehensive survey by the Maagar Mohot Institute, presented to the Knesset Wednesday by Professor Yitzhak Katz, revealed that 81 percent of evacuees remain in temporary housing and 50 percent are unemployed.

In August 2005, the government evacuated 10,000 Israelis from 21 thriving Jewish communities in the Gush Katif Settlement Bloc in the Gaza Strip and four communities in northern Samaria.

A whopping 70 percent of evacuees are in dire financial straits, some being supported by relatives and close friends. Thirty-seven percent say their situation is "bad" or "very bad."

Children of evacuated families do not want to serve in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).

Fifty-five percent suffer from deteriorating health, 37 percent from depression, anxiety, fear, insomnia and diminished family life.

Nearly 100 percent (96 percent) said politicians and government officials have failed them, and 45 percent have lost hope in the nation's future and that of their families.

Source: YNet news



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