Daily Israel Report

'Katif Expellees in Danger'

Israelis expelled from Gush Katif are in more danger than before, with flimsy caravan homes no protection from Gaza rockets.
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 8/5/2011, 3:16 PM

Temporary expellee housing
Temporary expellee housing
Flash 90

The thousands of Jews expelled from Gush Katif are in more danger from Gaza terrorism than they were living in Gaza itself, local politicians have warned. Hof Ashkelon regional council head Yair Farjoun spoke to Arutz Sheva about the issue.

If a rocket were to hit a caravan site, the flimsy temporary homes would offer little protection, Farjoun explained. “The families are terrified, some of the towns have protection, but not all of them,” he said.

“Even when it hits an open area there are people [around], there are shepherds,” he noted.

Some rockets hit the sites formerly home to the Jewish towns of Nisanit and Alei Sinai, often setting off the rocket alert sirens in nearby Israeli towns. “It's ironic that six years after the expulsion from Gush Katif, many of the mortar shells and rockets hit the ruins of the towns,” said Farjoun.

Farjoun criticized the past and current governments for failing to resettle the expellees. “Families have been living in [the caravan city] Nitzan for six years, and only 100 people have begun building new homes,” he said. “This could go on for years, and I'm warning, they are likely to be hit by rocket fire.”

The government should act to protect the expellees with the same vigor it had when expelling them from their homes, he continued. “You took them out under emergency orders, build for them under emergency orders,” he said.