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Expelled Residents are Dispersed Throughout the Country

A list has been compiled depicting the dispersion of the Katif/Shomron residents. One former resident responded: "Scary and shocking how they separated us. This is exactly what they tried to do!"
By Hillel Fendel
First Publish: 12/7/2005, 9:57 AM / Last Update: 12/5/2005, 1:36 PM

The list was compiled by Orit Yogev of the Orange Cell organization and appears on Katif.net - former Ganei Tal resident Moti Sender's website that has unified all of Gush Katif with up-to-date news, announcements and articles. In chart form, the list shows that the expelled families are spread out in over 35 locations throughout the country.

The dispersion list shows the following distribution of the 1,796 expelled families:
* 260 families have separated from their original communities and have found independent solutions throughout Israel

* 624 families are still in temporary housing such as tent sites and hotels

* 912 families are in the structures that will house them for the next 2-3 years, until their permanent communities are ready. These include 370 families living in the light-construction pre-fab village of Nitzan, north of Ashkelon.

The 370 families in Nitzan include families from 15 destroyed Jewish communities, including two from Ganim in the Shomron. Among them are 150 from N'vei Dekalim, 82 from Nisanit, 32 each from Bdolach and Gadid, and 1 each from Tel Katifa, Elei Sinai, Slav and Pe'at Sadeh.

Kibbutz Yad Chana in the Galilee has 26 families from the destroyed Shomron communities of Chomesh, Ganim and Kadim.

In Yad Binyamin, roughly halfway between Jerusalem and Ashdod, 202 families are trying to rebuild their lives. These include 100 families that lived in N'vei Dekalim or were otherwise a part of the Torat HaChaim yeshiva there, the entire community of Ganei Tal, and others.

Other more-or-less settled sites include:
* Yevul in the Halutza Sands area, south of Gaza (from Netzarim),
* nearby Yated (Atzmonah),
* Mavkiim near Ashkelon (Pe'at Sadeh and Rafiah Yam),
* Or HaNer near Sderot (Elei Sinai and Nisanit), and
* Teneh-Omarim in the Har Hevron Regional Council of Judea (mostly from Morag).

On the other hand, more than a third of the total of 1,796 expelled families still live - almost four months after the expulsion - in ultra-temporary sites such as hotels and tent sites. Close to 120 families, from Katif, N'vei Dekalim, and elsewhere, live in two Ashkelon hotels, while the 60 families of Kfar Darom are still in the Paradise Hotel in Be'er Sheva. 181 families from N'vei Dekalim are spread among six Jerusalem hotels.

70 families from Atzmonah and Katif are living in the Faith City encampment outside Netivot, while another 39 - mostly from Gadid, but also from three other destroyed communities - are in Chafetz Chaim.

36 families from Elei Sinai are in an encampment outside Yad Mordechai, between Ashkelon and northern Gaza. Over 50 families from Netzer Hazani are split between Hispin in the Golan Heights and Ein Tzurim near Ashkelon. Most of Tel Katifa, 14 families, are in Even Shmuel.

A visitor to the Katif.net site offered the following comment:
"We must not forget this 'Diaspora.' As people who were uprooted, their emotional state is very difficult, and is made harder because they are not in their originall communities, but are rather alone, among people who, with all their sympathy, cannot really understand. In addition, I imagine that they are also experiencing the nice bureaucracy of the Disengagement Authority..."