The government program to match funds for the donations raised by JobKatif will end in December, according to Eileen Bloch-Levy, a Jobkatif coordinator. The group was established after the 2005 Disengagement from Gaza which removed all Jewish communities from the region. Bloch-Levy spoke to Arutz Sheva- Israel National Radio on the Jay Shapiro Show about the project. "We had a special agreement with the Israeli government. In short the government matches our donations on a 3-to-1 basis to get reimbursed," she stated. "The agreement comes to an end on December 31, 2013. It's a short time frame in which to finish our mission," she added. "The government's part was crucial," she said of the independently initiated volunteer program.
Bloch-Levy said that 600 people are still unemployed. "4000 farmers lost their farms. 85 percent of the working population were employed and worked locally and independently," she said. "We went from a 3 percent unemployment to an 85 percent unemployment rate."
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