Kfar Darom´s Plans Abruptly Changed

Thought for the last month to be all but completed, negotiations between the gov't and a contactor have broken down, and expelled Kfar Darom residents won't be moving to the location they planned.

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Hillel Fendel, | updated: 13:00

The 58 families of Kfar Darom - nearly all of the original population - have been living in the Paradise Hotel in Be'er Sheva since they were thrown out of their homes in Gush Katif. Despite what they underwent, they agreed to abandon their lifestyle of open areas and private homes, and move to temporary quarters in a high-rise building in Ashkelon. In this way, they felt, they could take an active role in the country. "Our goal is to be with the people, to remain in the center, to be able to have an influence," one resident said just ten days after the expulsion.

But their idealism, it appears, must withstand yet further tests. They were informed on Yom Kippur Eve that the demands made by the contractor were as high as his 19-story building, and that the government could not meet them.

The homeless families, who have been on forced vacation in the hotel for two months, are not totally without a solution, however. Negotiations are already underway for another building in Ashkelon, which was originally designated for the expelled residents of Netzarim. Netzarim, though, has chosen a different option: forming a new community in the Halutza Sands, south of Gaza, with some families remaining in Ariel, in the Shomron, and building a new neighborhood there.

The new building has smaller apartments than the original one, but the contractor is willing to come towards the large families of Kfar Darom, and will combine 3- and 4-room apartments into 7-room units.

The building will also house nurseries for the children, a "clubhouse," and even a synagogue.

Arutz-7's Haggai Huberman reports that a solution has apparently been found for the expelled residents of Moshav Katif. They have been living in the Kfar Pines Girls'

High School dormitories, with no communal solution in sight. It now appears that they will move, shortly after the Sukkot holiday, to temporary quarters in Moshav Nehushah in the Kiryat Gat-Lachish area.

Some 60 families from the former N'vei Dekalim are scheduled to join them in the temporary prefab home site, not far from where many of the Gush Katif families hope to build a permanent bloc of communities. Families from Atzmona currently living in the "Faith City" encampment near Netivot may also join the Nehushah group.