Thursday, June 14, 2012

Gush Katif Expellee Reacts to Givat HaUlpana Caravillas

I ran into my friend at a wedding.
Anita Tucker was a founder of Gush Katif's first community Netzer Chazani. She was a prosperous celery farmer in "the good ol' days". Since her expulsion from her home almost seven years ago, she has done everything possibly to help her town, and other Gush Katif towns, rebuild. 
Anita has worked tirelessly to find the positive in anything possible, related to the plight of Gush Katif's families.  She has been a person who finds solutions to problems, someone who smiled no matter what. Tonight she was not her typical upbeat self.
Anita Tucker and her fellow expellees from Gush Katif are shocked and hurt by the government's decision to use Gush Katif caravans as temporary homes into which residents of Givat HaUlpana will be expelled!!
Firstly, these caravans were promised to former Gush Katif residents of Neve Dekalim, so that they could finally live in the new Lachish neighborhood of Bnei Dekalim, while their homes were being built. Bnei Dekalim is not moving as quickly as future residents anticipated, and families wanted their children in their new schools in September. The government had promised them this temporary housing until their permanent homes were completed.
Now the government has taken away the caravans with no replacements in sight.
Next, the families of Gush Katif are still traumatized by their expulsion from their beautiful spacious homes into tiny caravans and caravillas. They criticized the government's insensitivity in using Gush Katif caravans to expel more Jews from their homes.
They fear for the mental and physical safety of their brethren in Givat HaUlpana. They don't want what happened to Gush Katif folk to ever happen to anyone else, but with a Givat HaUlpana destruction imminent, the horribly scenes of their eviction from Gush Katif are being replayed in their heads.
Anita shared her concerns tonight. You can listen here:

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