DEVELOPING NEWS AND COUNTDOWN 2005
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24 June 2005
Middle East Peace rated as world’s Top Priority
British Foreign secretary Straw at a recent meeting of the Quartet (the group of nations pushing for the execution of the Road Map Peace Plan), stated:
“There’s no higher international priority than the Middle East peace process, however we’ve got six weeks before disengagement and it’s essential that both the Israeli Government and the Palestinian Authority intensify their cooperation with one another to make a success of this major step towards two viable, secure states living in peace side by side.”
This political statement totally ignores any claims or Promises made by the Creator God of Israel via the Bible. Gaza, of which area Gush Katif forms part, is specifically mentioned in the Torah as being part of the Land of Judah: Joshua 11:23; 15:21,47; 18:7
The question that remains to be answered, is whether God will allow the withdrawal of Israel from Land that Judah had been given as a Divine Inheritance.
27 June 2005
TERROR GROUPS TO MOVE OFFICES FROM LEBANON AND SYRIA TO GAZA AFTER PULL-OUT
Source: The Lekarev Report
Palestinian officials confirmed yesterday that leaders of Hamas and other Palestinian terror groups in Lebanon and Syria are planning to move to the Gaza Strip after Israel evacuates the area. The sources said Palestinian Authority officials have been urging Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal, who spends most of his time in Damascus, to consider moving his office to the Gaza Strip after the completion of the Israeli withdrawal. Mashaal’s deputy, Musa Abu Marzouk, and another senior Hamas official, Imad al-Alami, are reported to have expressed their desire to move from Syria to the Gaza Strip.
Saudi newspaper Al-Watan reported over the weekend that PA Civil Affairs Minister Muhammad Dahlan, who is in charge of coordinating the withdrawal with Israel, has invited the Hamas leaders to move to the Gaza Strip. According to the newspaper, Dahlan’s invitation came following US pressure on Syria to close down the offices and bases of Hamas and other Palestinian radical groups.
Dahlan is the “nice-looking young man” who has been touted in the west as a ‘moderate’ and someone to be trusted. Now he is the one inviting Hamas and the PLO to set up shop in Gaza with the approval of top Palestinian Authority officials. At the same time that we are told the Abbas is ‘fighting’ to keep control of Gaza out of the hands of Hamas. It doesn’t add up – a terrorist in a pin-striped suit is still a terrorist!
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July 3, 2005
REPORTS OF ISRAELI FORCES BRUTALITY ON PROTESTING JEWS
In the aftermath of last week’s protests in Israel against the forcible government removal of Israelis from their homes and farms in Gush Katif, reports are streaming in of eye-witness observations of police force brutality against peaceably protesting Jews – refer video clip below. Several commentators also pointed out how the authorities, supported by the media, rigged the entire operation (and others last week) to present the peaceful demonstrators as “far rightist, fanatic hooligan elements which gravely endanger the society.”
The following extracts have been drawn from such reports and the video clip confirms the police brutality referred to herein. The normal media obviously shun these reports and support the ridiculous claims of Sharon, including the so-called ‘lynching’ of a Palestinian by ‘revolutionary Jewish youths.” As webmaster, I have personally seen these rigged TV reports. What intrigued me at the time, was, that while there was no blood seen on the Palestinian who was so-called stoned, a camera shot which clearly reflected the bloodied, seriously wounded face of an Israeli soldier, was never ever referred to again by the media who afterwards hysterically promoted the rejection of the ‘lynching of a Palestinian by Jews’. It is tragic to see how the Israeli government and the media are using the exact pattern of the lying, distorted and rigged Palestinian media propaganda against Israel, to apply it to a sector of their own citizens!
Following are extracts from eye-witness reports and commentators:
“There are ten soldiers and policemen for every kid. I see them dragging the children by their legs. I see them putting a young girl in a head hold.
Who are these people who are running my country? I didn’t elect them. I voted for those who promised to support Gush Katif, to fight terrorism. I sent my son to the army to shoulder arms and risk his young life to protect his people, not drag them kicking and screaming out of their homes. Not to mount a little war against a bunch of miserable teenagers.”
Police Caught on Video Beating Demonstrator
A gang of policemen cruelly beating a road-blocking protestor last Wednesday night was caught on an Arutz-7 video camera.
On Wednesday night, June 29, Arutz-7’s Russian-language site’s director Tuvia Lerner set out for the Gush Dan-Tel Aviv area, with the aim of covering the scheduled anti-disengagement road-blocking protests set for that night. At one point, he was standing at the main thoroughfare in Ramat Gan, Jabotinsky Blvd., when he saw what he later described as a “cruel, shocking and pre-meditated attack by policemen.” Lerner said that despite attempts by the police to hide it by standing tightly around, he managed to film it on an amateur digital camera.
“I saw a demonstrator lying on the road, with three Yasamnikim [special unit policemen used for missions that require extra force – ed.] sitting on him, bending his arms, and putting handcuffs on him. There is no doubt that a man in this position is totally neutralized and cannot endanger anyone.
“Through the screen of my camera I saw the officer go behind the demonstrator, go on top of him, and stick his full hand towards his face. He stuck his fingers into the man’s nostrils and pulled upwards and backwards in a fast and professional way, and tore his whole face, including a blow at his eyes.
“There were many other press photographers on the scene. No one else filmed this very hard scene. But what worries me more than anything is that I gave the material to the three main television channels – Channel 1 (Israel Broadcasting Authority), Channel Two and Channel Ten – and none of them showed real interest in receiving it.
The demonstrator, named Akiva, told Arutz-7 what happened from his point of view. His story (paraphrased):
“They handcuffed me and dragged me to the truck, and then to the police station. I asked for medical assistance, they said OK, but didn’t give me. After about two hours, they wanted to give me water to wash off the blood, but I said I didn’t want them to wash it off until a doctor sees me. A few of us [arrestees] were there together, and we were talking, and the policemen said to be quiet. I said that they can’t take away our right to speak. One guy looked at me as if he was about to kill me and said, ‘Is that so?’ or something like that. He then took me into a side room where there was a bunch of policemen and they all started beating me up. Punches to the head, kicks, everything, while at the same time, one of them was trying to put handcuffs on me. When they finished, they sat me on a chair, with my hands handcuffed behind me, and one guy started slapping and punching me in my face and head with all his strength. I of course couldn’t defend myself. It was just like one long terrible painful hurt; I couldn’t feel each individual punch…
“I don’t know why, but I still didn’t shut up; when he finished, I said, ‘I’ll see you in Machash [the Complaints Against Policemen Department]. He looked at me again and started beating me up again – and then a third time. He even gored me with his head against my head one time.”
They finally photographed me, and then, at 1 AM, just let me go, just like that.”
Report by Gush Katif resident Rachel Saperstein
On June 30 the army shut down Gush Katif. It became officially a “closed military area’. No cars were allowed in or out of Gush Katif. No cars were allowed to travel between settlements in Gush Katif.
The troops in combat gear forcefully removed Jewish mothers, children, infants and a group of visiting, crying teenagers. Thousands of troops were used in this operation. Hundreds of troops cordoned off the roads leading to Gush Katif and hundreds more barricaded each settlement.
In twenty minutes this ‘daring’ operation was over. Troops dragged and carried moms, children and babies to waiting buses. The buses then ferried the hapless residents of the hotel to a dusty road some forty kilometers away where they were deposited without food, drink or transportation to make their way home.
(This area is part of the Negev desert area where temperatures now reach in the 30’s daily. Being without water in the open for an extended period is a recipe for death – Ed).
The army and government declared a major victory in the war against the right-wing, radical, extremist settlers.
The local and world media were out in force to cover this historic event – a dress rehearsal for the eventual evacuation of every family in Gush Katif.
21 July, 2005
Review of Kfar Maimon Siege against protesting crowd locked in behind barbed wire
We are now able, in retrospect, to review the happenings of the Protest March to Gush Katif.
The march was to start on Monday 18th July, from Netivot, a Negev town some 20 Km from the Kissufim military passage point into Gush Katif (refer Map). Notwithstanding the Israeli Police illegal blockade of buses taking protestors to Netivot (refer news item directly above), some 10 000 protestors managed to reach Netivot for the opening ceremonies. From here, at night, the crowd marched to a small village, Kfar Maimon some 7 Km away which were to be the 1st stop on the road to Kissufim.
Over the next 3 days, Kfar Maimon was turned into a barbed wire, fenced concentration camp for the marchers by some 20 000 police and army personnel – which is the same number of combat soldiers that the USA used in war action to overthrow Saddam Hussein! All entry roads to Kfar Maimon were blockaded by the police.
This did not stop protestors from reaching Kfar Maimon. The peacefully protesting crowd swelled to some 40 000 to 50 000, many arriving at this rural semi desert spot on foot, under the glaring desert sun and via dusty farm tracks, even through the night, with back packs and sleeping gear. The protestors included a majority of young people and children, but also people of all ages, and a great proportion of mothers with toddlers. The Israeli leaders and commanders, fearing a mass break out of the camp, on Tuesday encircled the fenced in village with fully armed troops and police, standing 2-3 men deep most places and additional troops hanging around in small groups. The minister of defense instructed his officers to take whatever means to stop the protestors from marching to Gush Katif. Mounted police were brought in and water cannons were parked on stand-by. These frantic and draconic siege measures included a police blockade on food and water and the removal of all ambulances services to the now greatly overcrowded village, normally home to a few hundred people only. Inside the camp though, the atmosphere resembled a music festival and religious conference. People were dwelling around, conversing with friends and troops through the barbed wire fences, exactly as in a concentration camp.
“SHARON (Israeli PM), PERES (Ass. PM), MOFAZ (Min. of Defence) AND MAZUZ HAVE NEVER SENT 20,000 TROOPS TO ACT AGAINST THE
PA TERRORISTS TO GUARANTEE THE SAFETY AND SECURITY OF THEIR CITIZENS. CAN THEIR NEED FOR POWER BE SO STRONG THAT IT ALLOWS THEM TO MISUSE THE ARMY AGAINST THEIR OWN CITIZENS TO FULFILL THEIR CORRUPT AIMS AND THOSE OF FOREIGN LEADERS?”
Editor’s Note – In the entire USA Invasion force in Iraq in 2003, only 20 000 troops actually participated in combat operations. While 6 combat battalions of Israeli troops were engaged at Kfar Maimon with instructions to “lay siege on their own family members”, no military retaliation was employed against Palestinians in neighbouring Gaza, after more than 100 rockets were fired on Gush Katif and neighbouring Israeli towns in the last few days – tantamount to a declaration of war in any other country.
The unbelievable achievement of the gathering protestors against the disenfranchisement of Gush Katif Jews, is that this great number of people took the trouble to travel from all over Israel, as far away as 200 Km., braved the 40 degrees desert heat, facing few or no normal facilities of bathing and food.
On Thursday 21 July, while the normal media splashed the ‘crumbling’ of the Protest Walk, 1000 protestors did manage to enter Gush Katif.
It is very possible that the leadership of the March has been infiltrated by people who worked against any possible success, from the inside. This was quite evident from the fact that the promised ‘sign’ for breaking through the police cordon never came.
As Webmaster of this Web Site, I can personally verify the above situation which I observed at Kfar Maimon on Tuesday. We reached the village by car, via back-roads through the farming fields from Netivot. It was like a war zone, with cops and soldiers encircling the enclosure like ants. Military vehicles were all over, in all sizes and shapes. Police stood 10-man deep to block the main gate to what mow no longer seemed to be a village, but a concentration camp. Inside, the ‘prisoners’ milled around and ganged up against the gate and barbed wire fence.
Blank faced police would not answer my astonishment and questions why this was “a war” of such outsized proportions on civilians, mostly women and children, while from 10 Km further away, the Palestinians were showering rockets not only on Gush Katif, but also on settlements within Israel territory – like Sederot, 5 Km away from Kfar Maimon, without any retaliation from the Israeli army! If any such retaliation would take place, it would be on vacant Palestinian buildings, or the pinpoint shooting of 1 or 2 known terrorists and a return to base.
Outside the gate a large crowd and constant newcomers mingled with the police and soldiers. I was puzzled by the fact that the police after some hours allowed people to enter and leave the camp through a gap in the fence, right next to the main gate – while only meters further, another gap in the fence was constantly guarded by soldiers, blocking it shoulder to shoulder – while the ‘prisoners’ milled around inside and scuffled inside the gate. From remarks reported later, it seems that the protestors were told by their leaders to await a sign to leave the camp en masse through the gates – which never transpired. Meanwhile they could have quietly and calmly singled out with the crowd via the open gap in the fence, and started their walk towards Gush Katif. In retrospect, and as some commentators now suggest, it seems that the protesting crowd was manipulated by their own leadership, in compliance with the extravagant whims and orders of the police. To the credit of the Protest organizers, the media reporting of the events resulted in revealing the true and upright nature of the protestors. Whereas up to now, the protestors were tainted by the media as the scum of the earth and a ‘danger to Israeli society’, the reports and TV images now reflected the truth, of tens of thousands of protestors locked behind barbed wire fences, well behaved, meek and mild, sharing treats and drinks with their captors.
While by week’s end, most protestors will file home (at the suggestion of their leadership), there are indications that a good core of the crowd remain insistent to find their way into Gush Katif in support of their brothers who face eviction from their homes and farms shortly.
It is now 25 day towards D-day for Gush Katif!
22 July, 2005
POLICE CHIEF AUTHORIZES BRUTAL TREATMENT OF RELIGIOUS PROTESTORS – Caught on Video
Channel 10 Israel TV on Friday night aired its video footage depicting Negev police commander Brigadier-General Miso Shacham. Speaking to the area border police commander, Shacham is recorded instructing his forces to beat anyone who breaks away from the Kfar Maimon group, seeking to enter Gush Katif. “I am a specialist at handling these Haridim (religious Jews)”, he said. He called for the indiscriminate use of the water cannon, giving his subordinate authority to do so without hesitation or approval, as well as telling him to use batons and “hit them hard, blows to the lower extremities to teach them a lesson”. The documented footage includes a fair share of vulgarities and explicit instructions to inflict pain on those persons apprehended trying to enter Gush Katif. Learning of the footage and the Channel 10 program, Shacham explained his statements were made in a closed conversation with a senior officer following a number of days without sleep, expressing remorse for his harsh words.
The unedited TV video quotes the full vulgar language in which this commander’s orders were conveyed – language which is too filthy to be quoted here – look at and judge the full photo / quotes version from this video for yourself – refer link below.
Police Commissioner Moshe Karadi decided Sunday evening that Negev region Commander Brigadier General Niso Shaham, who was caught on tape cursing pullout foes, would face a disciplinary hearing over the remarks he had made last week. Shaham’s placement as sector commander during the pullout from the Gaza Strip will be delayed, though he will not be dismissed from his post. Karadi met with head of the police’s human resources department, Major General Gabi Gal on Sunday afternoon, in order to decide on Shaham’s future. The two examined a series of measures against him, such as a reprimand and a temporary suspension, although it is not certain that the decision will be made Sunday. Despite the public criticism, it appears unlikely that Shaham will be permanently dismissed. The national staff emphasized that the Brigadier General is an experienced officer, who has won the appreciation of Commissioner Karadi and the top echelons of the police. Public Security Minister Gideon Ezra said at Sunday’s weekly cabinet meeting that there was no need to rush to a decision on the issue. Yossi Beilin, Chairman of the left-wing Yahad-Meretz party, noted that Shaham is a highly valued officer and spoke at a time of extreme exhaustion.
28 July 2005
How Do You Evict 10,000 People From Their Homes – This is for real!!!
EASY! Having the proper equipment helps make things easier. These are Porta-Cells. You don’t even have to drag the offending resident to a paddy wagon or bus with barred windows – the paddy wagons come to them. Then you can stack them like the cages of chickens being taken to slaughter on the back of a large truck and drive them off to the concentration camps built for that purpose just South of Beer Sheva.
Israeli government will do with
them after this is all over is
another question? But then again maybe they’ve invested in the tools they’ll need for the next 240,000 Jewish residents of Yesha?
Thousands of police are currently receiving training. Many of these police are recruits that have been specially employed for this job, many having been re-employed specially, irrespective of their criminal records, having been fired from the Force previously! There are reports that the authorities are also preparing mountain caves to house those settlers who refuse to move and who will be removed forcibly.
What has happened to the human rights outcries of the world? These are seemingly not applicable to Jews in their own country!
30 July 2005
Birth of the State of the Faithful in Israel
With so much negative information going around these days about the “Jew fights Jew” crisis in Israel, anti-Semites and anti-Rabbinists must surely have a field day in their criticisms, accusations and smear campaigns of what after all is claimed by the Bible to be “God’s People”.
Pro-Jewish commentators regularly have to clarify their negative news revelations and commentaries, explaining that their intention is not to stoke the fires of anti-Semitism.
It would therefore be apt to review the momentous changes that the fateful disengagement from Gaza is busy bringing about in Israel. The following are some highlights from a report by Kalman Neuman (idoctor of history and a graduate of the Mandel Institute for leadership) n HaAretz newspaper, Jerusalem, in reviewing the history making gathering of 100 000 (coming and going) protestors against the Disengagement in Kfar Maimon for 3 days, starting 18 July, 2005. (Refer Article above from 21 July, 2005). As background to these conclusions, the reader should be aware that modern Israel, since its establishment in 1948 by mainly secular Zionist leaders, has been ruled to date by secular (and mostly leftist tending) leaders who have often performed totally out of line with Torah – the foundation of religious Judaism. It is the unique spirit of unity in Judaism which has held the secular and the religious together throughout great moments of in-house strife. The moment in history may now have dawned, in which religious leadership should come to its right.
Under the heading “At Kfar Maimon the State of the Faithful was founded”, the author writes: “The public that gathered last week at Kfar Maimon – almost entirely from religious Zionism … sees the disengagement plan as an expression of a value vacuum, mental tiredness and a loss of the dedication that characterized the generation of the state’s founders. In their eyes, the struggle for Gush Katif is just the tip of the iceberg of the struggle for hegemony (control, power, authority) in the state. Many sat for hours in the broiling sun and listened to Torah lessons given by rabbis. There was no need to discuss the reasons for the opposition to the disengagement, and there was no reason to explain to the public why Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is not worthy of their trust. The rabbis described the disengagement not only as a political mistake and not only as a transgression of traditional Jewish law, but rather as a real desecration of the Holy Name, something for which there is no atonement.”
“To them the source of the collapse is clear: There are those who stress the prime minister’s personal responsibility, but all of them see in the plan an expression of a crisis in Jewish identity, with respect to the Jewish people and the Land of Israel and the adoption of Western mass culture. As opposed to these, they describe the masses who gathered at Kfar Maimon as an idealist public that is sure of itself and prepared to take the reins from those who have grown tired. There is no need to convince the convinced. But the explanation touches the root: The struggle for Gush Katif is only the tip of the iceberg of the struggle for the State of Israel. The steering wheel of government must be passed into the hands of the religious public – it and only it is worthy of holding it.”
“The unwillingness to recognize a secular leadership and the demand for a “believing” leadership … is gathering momentum. As one of the settlement rabbis said to me, “It could be that we will lose this battle (for Gush Katif), but we will certainly win the whole fight.” The big fight is for hegemony in the state, and religious Zionism is intending to take the place of secular Zionism, which has become tired and has collapsed.”
“Rabbi Kamintzky explains: At the root of the “disengagement sickness” lies the desire to disengage … from the entire past of the Jewish people, from its history, from its values, from its beliefs, from the belief in the G-d of Israel, from the destiny of the people and so on. Going from door to door in thousands of homes … has taught us that the Jewish people is longing , thirsting and yearning for the true values, for the words of the living G-d.”
“Rabbi Yehuda Leib Maimon, after whom Kfar Maimon is named, was the first minister of religious affairs in Israel. When he made the Shehekhiyanu blessing (thanking God for delivering us to this day) on the occasion of the declaration of the State of Israel by David Ben-Gurion (1948), he established a pattern of religious recognition of a political act by a secular leader. Something of this model has been broken now. The damage to the settlement in Yesha is causing damage to the sense of partnership in the state. The scalpel that is cutting into the territories of the land cannot but puncture the aorta of the collective consciousness. ”
“At Kfar Maimon the State of the Faithful was founded, which aspires to build itself up on the ruins and the crises of the existing State of Israel but it does not yet know how.”
Major traffic delays are reported in Kiryat Malachi, Ashdod and many other southern district municipalities as thousands of anti-Disengagement protestors continue making their way to the rally. Police report that there are five-mile-long traffic jams in all directions surrounding the town of Sderot. Thousands of people were also seen walking toward the western Negev town on the shoulders of the roads.
The father of Ella Abukasis, the teenage girl who was killed by a Kassam rocket that h! it her home in Sderot, addressed the crowd, angrily pointing a finger at the government.
“Why are there 30,000 soldiers and police here today to make sure good Jews don’t walk to Gush Katif?” Abukasis boomed. “Where were they when my daughter was killed? Where are they when murderers fire rockets at us daily?”
Following the Sderot event, participants plan to continue on toward Ofakim where they will spend the night. Many demonstrators told Arutz-7 that on their way into town they received invitations from residents, some yelled from balconies, to spend the night at their homes. An estimated 500 Sderot families have opened their homes, in this way. Other Sderot residents cooked large pots of food earlier in the day, to have food ready to offer the protestors.
The Yesha Council has announced that from Ofakim, protesters will march to Gush Katif on Wednesday. (Ed. It is high summer, up to 40 degrees in this semi desert area. Nothing seems to stop the marchers – not even the very real threat of Katusha rockets fired on these areas constantly by the Palestinians!)
News Flash just in! – Ynet reports that two of three Qassam rockets fired by Hamas in Beit Hannoun towards Sderot shortly before the start of the anti-disengagement rally held in the Israeli border town slammed into a Palestinian home in Beit Hannoun killing a 3 year old boy and wounding six other Palestinians. The third rocket fell near Sderot, causing no Israeli injuries.
“From Ofakim, we will continue to join our heroic brethren in Gush Katif,” Lieberman later bellowed from the rally’s podium. “We are not going home!
August 5, 2005
REPORT BACK – OFAKIM MARCH – SAME STORY, DIFFERENT PLACE!
Having attended this Protest Raleigh in Ofakim, I can find no better summary to conclude my own disappointment and observations, than copying editor Shlomo Wollins’ overview from his IsraelReporter.com Web Site. I have been recommending his News Page all along, as one of the finest for factual reporting (refer blue block below) right from the heartland of Gush Katif where he has made his stand for the final face to face meeting with Sharon’s expulsion specialists. I will add some reports and personal views after his very apt conclusion:
“Thousands of anti-disengagement marchers (BiBREV Ed. – could be 40 to 80 000) were forced to spend the night at Peduyim Junction, about two kilometers west of Ofakim (BiBREV Ed. – This was a 2km long, roadside to roadside crowd, spending the night on the main road). IDF Southern District Commander Major-General Dan Harel announced he would not permit them to get any closer to Gush Katif, stating “they will not move another meter from here.”
“Simply stated: you have the same standoff at a different place and time. Whether that standoff is located a Sderot, Netivot, Kfar Maimon, or now at the Peduyim Junction, it remains the same standoff. On one side, you have the popular opposition movement represented by about 40,000 marchers with a stated intention to head towards Gush Katif, that have stated that they will use “no violence whatsoever” to achieve their goal. On the other side, you have the Israeli “police state” with 30,000+ security officials and police with the stated intention to prevent any march by anybody in that direction, that have stated they will use “all means necessary” and have pre-authorized teargas, batons, water cannons, and some really barbaric special police forces.
“Not only will “zero force” not achieve the opposition’s goal of entering Gush Katif, it would appear that reasonable to significant force would be needed. The opposition is suffering from a “too little, too late” effect-that is, not enough people (100,000 minimum required to go forward) and after Kissufim has been locked down with troops and infrastructure. It will take a great deal more than what the Yesha council is mustering to enter Gush Katif, and clearly no one in this arena expects that to happen.
“What we saw last time (Kfar Maimon) and again last night, are announcements of “hundreds” entering Gush Katif under the distraction of the rally/march. INN reports that 200 persons made it into the Jewish town of Nisanit (in northern Gaza). And let’s remember the notable comment yesterday from the Yesha Council, that the goal of the march/rally is not necessarily to enter Gush Katif, but to prevent the disengagement from going forward. At the end, the council will back down and claim partial victory in the increase in the opposition population in Gush Katif. But the disengagement will go forward. Since the Yesha council cannot (and it could be argued should not) change their stripes and order: “Charge into Gush Katif!” to the opposition masses, the outcome of this march becomes predictable, at least from the Yesha Council point-of-view. And although the march in its current format (size/leadership) cannot get into Gush Katif, the victory claimed will be hundreds of “new entrants” into Gush Katif. And there is no doubt that every extra person here makes a difference, but we would need thousands (if not tens of thousands) of new entrants to prevent the military “invasion” of Gush Katif in 13 short days.
We as a people have done too little, too late. We all knew this disengagement was very, very wrong, and many have done a great deal in almost superhuman efforts. But as of this writing, it remains too little & too late. Another scenario that might unfold in the march is “breakoff” groups that attempt to either charge the military barriers and/or attempt to sneak into Gush Katif. The former will be impossible without a mass rush and leadership that does not now exist, and the latter has been occurring at a rate of 100+per day over the last few weeks. It is the opinion of israelreporter.com that the IDF is fully aware of the rapid influx of 2000+ opposition persons into Gush Katif in the last month alone, but does not see this as a threat to the evacuation forces. It appears that the army/police are viewing this influx as a simple statistic, and not militarily-significant as a consideration.
“The Israeli government is days away from executing its disaster known as disengagement. It is time for the Jewish people to stand up in real mass-something that has not been done to date. If there were 50,000 protestors at Ofakim last night, we are only talking about 1% of the Jewish population of Israel that considers Gush Katif important enough (and/or disengagement dangerous enough) to do what is needed. Only one out of a hundred Jews in Israel! Bottom line: we need 250,000 to assemble with 100,000 plus organized to march forward through army positions. This will do the trick; less than this will not. It is simple: if we cannot organize a mere 5% of the population base in Israel to prevent disengagement; perhaps disengagement is not as unpopular as we would like to claim. Or, the government has succeeded in its intimidation of the opposition movement. Or, we as a people have spent so many years in exile, we no longer can stand up and redeem ourselves.
“To this writer, this situation was always simple. You can take a simple test: look up from the computer and see where you are. If you are not in Gush Katif or at the Peduyim Junction (or at least somewhere protesting this imminent disaster) then in most cases, you really don’t care as much about Gush Katif as you would like to believe or to claim. And, this diamond of Jewish settlement known as Gush Katif, awakens from a missile-filled, half-slumber this morning in deep peril of complete & total annihilation. The Arabs will say that their missiles so intimidated the Israeli army that it withdraw completely from the region removing all traces of Jewish life on its way out. And, what a severe outbreak of terrorism will logically flow from this “arab conclusion”. The standoff continues, but Gush Katif’s time is running out. And as goes Gush Katif so will go Israel.
This perhaps is the one and only thing that Sharon and I agree upon anymore. [editor’s note: in a speech in 2002, Sharon stated that what happens to Netzarim (Jewish city in central Gaza) will also happen to Tel Aviv.] The only difference is that I am acting on my belief and Sharon is not. If we do not act now, the damage from this “disengagement plan” may not be able to be repaired in our lifetimes.”
BIBREV EDITOR REPORT – This vast crowd spent 3 hours, from sunset, on a very large central square in Ofakim. One after the other speaker made up time, keeping the vast crowd “waiting for the OK from the Police to march” – something that I knew outright, would never come ‘in a million years’, with Sharon in charge. While their speeches blared out over giant speaker columns filling the square, with local residents hanging out the windows and on balconies of the surrounding apartment buildings, the crowd seemed to have unlimited patience. I have personally never seen such a large crowd – it filled a square probably the size of 5 to 6 football fields. Ruck sacks packed, the crowd lazed on the dusty, powdery grounds and flanking islands and side walks of the adjacent double lane street, for what little grass was available. All ages were present, including baby push carts and toddlers running around, amusing themselves without any signs of boredom! Police presence was almost non-existent – as they were all waiting for the crowd at a control post down the road, outside Ofakim, as we would later find out.
After 3 hours of repeated calls for “We shall go to Gush Katif”, I could take it no longer and careered down the main street to the restaurants to have a bite. It was an hour later, that the main street bellowed with the sounds of triumphant marchers – and like a tidal wave rolling down a waterway, that great mass came flowing down the entire wide main street. At the junction with the Gush Katif main road, 1 Km down the street, there was a lights display of dozens of police car, blue flashing lights. The adrenalin reached spill over point! “Here was something coming!”
We joined the surging front end (some 200 meters back by now already). It was just unbelievable! We overheard that someone eventually took the microphone and gave the marching instructions.
As the intersection with the main road was reached, surprise upon surprise, the police and army simply stood around. This was not Kfar Maimon! We remained on the traffic island virtually gaping at was going on around us. For the next hour, that main street kept pouring down a flood of unending masses of people, from side walk to side walk, disappearing into the dark on the road to Gush Katif. As the march seemed to come to a halt, the main street had emptied its flood of jubilant, singing, blessing-the-troops marchers. We knew that they had been stopped, which meant that this stream of protestors was 2 Km long, as we found out later, that they had been stopped 2 Km further!
I share the above writer’s views: and this is what is of importance for non-Jewish Bible believers who love Zion and who have found meaning in the Divine Promises in the Bible, concerning the ‘Promised Land’, which is now thrown to its illicit claimers as ‘cheap bait’!
Saving Divine Intervention in the next few days before that awesomely sad day in Jewish history on 15th August, ‘Tisha b’Av’ – the anniversary of 2 dates in history on which, centuries apart, both Jewish Temples were destroyed, this could spell the End of Gush Katif and, if it were at all possible for Satan to achieve, of the land of modern resurrected Israel, certainly as a religious, Jewish State. May God prevent this!
On our way home from Ofakim, we traveled the side roads from the most northern Gush Katif block, on the Mediterranean side, to Ashqelon. It was another shocking surprise – and undoubtedly, very few Israelis have ever traveled that road.. We came to a military control post probably 2 – 3 Km north of what the map indicates as Gush Katif. Closed also like the entire Gush area as military zone. We continued North along the coast line. Some 2 Km further, is a large electricity power station on the coast line. I was stopped by a security patrol vehicle from photographing the huge pylons carrying a network of power lines into central Israel, for me to use for awakening Israelites and the world to how close this important structure will be for the Palestinian rockets which have been pounding Gush Katif at the rate of thousands over the last few years. Our trip north, some 4-5 Km further, brought us to the most southern outskirts of Ashqelon – to seaside suburbs of modern luxury apartments and homes!
And orange ribbons? – to express opposing views to this risky and for 9000 Jewish residents such a dishonorable disenfranchisement 10 Km away – we managed to count 7 ribbons on all of the cars that lined the streets!
If you sense disillusionment – please know that my faith in the Divine and pre-destined future of this Land of Israel as the Kingdom of the Creator God of Israel, disregards all contrary signs and notions.
Editor, BIBLE REVELATIONS
August 10, 2005
Overflowing crowd of 250 000 souls do serious Teshuvah (Repentance) before God at the Kotel in Jerusalem
Tonight, a religious core of the Israeli a nation which is being ripped from their land by their own anti-religious government, turned as a last resort, to their God in serious repentance – at the most holiest Site in the world, the Temple Mount in Jerusalem – the closest point, physically, that we can hope to get to the Real True God of Israel on earth, at the Kotel – the foundation Wall of the ancient Temple, which today hosts the Islamic abomination – the Golden domed Dome of the Rock. The above photo was taken from next to this Wall, looking South, to the entrance to the great paved assembly square at the Wall. The buildings in background are on the Western flank of the square, which are mostly private apartments in the Jewish quarter of the Old City. The alleys that the article copied below refers to, are narrow corridors between these apartments.
There is so much happening here, so much heart ache and pain amongst the protesting believers, so much news coming in that it is difficult to absorb all and to share it. For that reason, copied here below, is a testimony of a participant to the meeting last night. It is a very fine rendering of the circumstances surrounding this amazing gathering – which was done on short notice, as all are these days in Israel. The Prayer Meeting was motivated by Chabad, who towards the end of last week declared their decision to oppose the Expulsion. But the stage was shared with Rabbinic speakers from all sectors – a wonderful moment of unification in the so-much divided ranks of religious Judaism. A leading Rabbi commented, that this gathering was the greatest spiritual Revival in Israel and Judaism since the destruction of the Temple in 70 CE. And it was done at the same venue where the Temple once stood. And, it was at this very time (coming Sunday, to be exact, Tisha B’Av – 9th of month Av) that the Temple was destroyed
I like to believe that it was not purposely in Sharon’s plans to select this time for his evil and God-challenging deportation plan of his. I like to believe, that it was Divinely purposed to happen at this Time, for all major events in Israel’s history follow a pre-set pattern of dates. It may therefore, just possibly be that God may act on this Teshuvah by His faithful at this Time – that is, the Teshuva by the true religious core of the Israeli nation which is probably not even 5% of the entire nation (of which probably half gathered at the Wall last night), joined by the prayers of many faithful in the world, even non-Jewish believers, and that He will respond and come to their Help in a Great Way at this Time – for the moment of Destruction is at hand. The evil Planners are wreaking havock with these faithful in Israel and He can not allow the Land (the Inheritance of the faithful of all nations) to be taken away. And yet – it may even increase in further escalating measure! They are openly now already promising the rest of Judean and Samarian “occupied territories” to be ripped up and given to the usurping Arabs! At this stage, they confess to 60 000 more settlers to be disenfranchised after Gush Katif – leaving 180 000 (for later?) Bush demands, and Sharon jumps to attention, that Israel should move back to the 1947 borders – that is, destroying all of the miracles that YHVH has granted Israel in the 1967 War!
Here is a partaker’s commentary on the amazing gathering in Jerusalem on Wednesday 10 August 2005, during the days building up to the commemoration of the awesome day of The Ninth of Av. – falling on Sunday 14th August, the Day of the expiry of the legal domicile of Jews in their homeland, Gush Katif,northern Gaza area,
“Today’s scheduled anti-disengagement activity was a prayer service at the Kotel. I dashed home early from work to don an orange shirt, grab a few of my kids and go. This was no ordinary prayer service. In my life I have never seen anything like tonight. Rallies and special prayer events filled with orange-clad people (orange being the symbol of the resistance) have become a regular occurrence in Israel as the dreaded “disengagement” day rapidly approaches; the day that will pit Jew against Jew in the unfathomable event of expulsion and eviction of 10,000 people from their homes in Gush Katif and parts of Samaria. Tonight’s planned prayer rally at the Western Wall was expected to be no different; but it was. Very different. Despite recommendations to take public transportation, I took 14 year-old Lexi, 11 year-old Eitan and 2 year-old Yaakov in my big, old minivan and started heading toward the Old City of Jerusalem at 6PM. It normally takes 20 minutes to get there from our home in Neve Daniel in Gush Etzion, and the rally was called for 6PM. For 15 minutes we drove as we usually would. As we got within 2 miles of the Old City the traffic practically came to a halt. Though we were quite far from our destination, we saw many people with various orange-colored garments and ribbons on them already parked and walking in the general direction of the Old City. Something unusual indeed was going on. Miraculously, I thought of a little-used side road that not many others seemed to have thought of and we were able to park there; a 15 minute walk to the Kotel (Western Wall) on a normal day. We bounced poor Yaakov in his stroller up and down many rocky sets of stairs on our way down the valley, then up and into the Old City as many other people were streaming both in and out. We wondered, in fact, how many people would be inside if there were already people leaving. We needn’t have wondered. As we entered through the Zion gate on the southwestern side of the Old City, we began merging with many others who had entered through other points. We elected to walk down the road used by vehicles that leads directly to the Kotel plaza to avoid the hassle of the stroller with even further sets of stairs. Within minutes we were completely surrounded by densely packed people heading toward the Kotel, and becoming denser and denser with every step. A woman saw me with Yaakov and beckoned toward a little side alley that she recommended we go down to remove Yaakov from the “hazardous” crowd — (In Israel there is such a close and connected feeling, even among strangers, that everyone thinks they are your mother and gives you advice…) We politely listened but of course we didn’t need her advice; after all, we were finally at the point that we could see the Kotel! It was astonishing! I had never seen the huge Kotel plaza completely filled with people. At capacity! What was more astounding was that every single space from the plaza up the road, around several bends to where we were standing, where the Kotel was merely in sight and nowhere near, – was filled to capacity! As the massive human tide was making its way toward the Kotel with little hope of actually getting there, I suddenly realized that the Israeli woman with the advice knew what she was talking about! I grabbed the kids and we quickly ducked into the back alley. The only way through was UP a fire escape staircase. So we bounced the stroller up the stairs, and found ourselves in a side street in the Jewish quarter—amongst thousands of people! We were able to get through, so we carried on in the general direction of the Kotel. We thought that, maybe, only that first street had been crowded and other passages would be easier to get through… but that was not to be the case. Every street in the entire Old City was jam packed with people making their way to the Kotel. For a split second I was disappointed as it seemed that I would probably not be making it down there after all our efforts. Then I came to my senses and realized that this was not a personal event. I can go to the Kotel any time I want to. Tonight I didn’t need to. For we were like one with all of our brothers and sisters who made their way from far and wide to pray together this one remarkable evening. Every man, woman and child, Haredi, modern Orthodox, secular; we were all there together. If anyone made it all the way to the Wall, then we ALL made it to the Wall. In fact, as I later found out, the 250,000 people physically present were not the only ones participating. Many thousands of people were jamming the internet trying to watch the live feed at sites such as www.thewall.org. What was so incredibly unusual about tonight’s event? It was truly uniting. The leading rabbis from all sectors of religious Judaism were sponsoring and promoting the event. This was a rare occasion indeed. When we came to the conclusion that we were not going to make it down to the Kotel, we needed to come up with Plan B. I suddenly remembered that tucked into a little alley was the rooftop balcony of Isralight, a Jewish outreach organization. We dashed down the alley, found the narrow metal staircase leading up to the roof, but the gate was locked. Okay, maybe this wasn’t the perfect thing to do, but we just had to get up there! Eitan scrambled over first, then Lexi, I handed her Yaakov, and then I climbed over as well. We were startled to find that we were hardly original. In fact I was rather amazed to discover a fairly old woman among the trespassers and Lexi and I had a little chuckle imagining how she climbed over the fence. A small crowd had gathered on the Isralight roof, but it was nothing like what was down below. In fact, I had no idea what really was down below until we were there on top. Lexi was the first to hop up on the highest point there and look down. She gasped at what she saw. There were people on every roof, in every alley, on every street; it was unbelievable!! And the masses of people at the Western Wall plaza! If you have never been to the Kotel, it is something like a big, outdoor synagogue, except that every little group holds its own, sometimes competing, prayer services. Not tonight. Tonight, all of those thousands upon thousands of people prayed as one. I cried and sang along as all those people sang the prayer “Avinu Malkeinu” (Our Father, Our King) in unison, amplified by some massive speaker system. Anyone who has ever been to a Jewish town knows that the only thing people need to start a synagogue is another synagogue to break away from. The tiniest differences among people and suddenly there is a whole new congregation. But here there were people who were about as different as you can get, black coats with long beards, hippie-types, the fashion conscious; knitted kippahs, no kippahs, big black kippahs; yet here they all were praying, together, in perfect unison, at the holiest site in the world. I was overwhelmed and overjoyed at the unity. A unity that I hope we can replicate in the coming, painful weeks.” – by Laura
The original can be found at www.dis-engage.org
BIBLE REVELATIONS Editor further comment
I have neither experienced anything like this. All of a sudden, the great logic behind Jewish synagogue services became very real. A Prayer service system which non-Jews will easily discard as a “form religion”, reading from a prayer book. Here was the real “show on stage”, after many rehearsals. A quarter of a million worshippers, truly seeking the face of their God, knowing those services off by heart – calling out as ONE voice, echoing thru the valley surrounding the Temple Mount, as they respond to the crying pleas (and believe me, some pleas were just that, and many partakers crying openly) directed heavenward by the podium speakers over a sound system which must have been heard many miles away. Bearing in mind that the surroundings of the Temple Mount, on the Eastern side of Jerusalem, is home to Palestinian suburbs. I guess that many of them “shivered in their spiritual boots!” – and many must also have fumed. Many partakers shared parts of this service over cell phones with loved ones who were not there.
O! What a night – never to forget! It will be one of my dedicated memories taken with me to the grave!
And what did Israel TV respond with? A very factual announcing clip, grossly under quoting the number of people present! CNN & BBC TV? A similar ‘non-important’ acknowledgement, implying that these religious freaks and ‘dangerous evil-intending settlers’ are now turning to prayer in desperation! Well, that is the message I ‘heard’ in their lame presentation, watching a CNN report after arriving home, having experienced the real ‘thing’. Where were the reporters who so eagerly interview ‘suppressed’ Palestinian witnesses? Even an 8-yr old child, of whom their were many, would have given the world a response to why they were there and what they experienced, that would startle any sober thinking mind in the world. But, obviously, these famous reporters are as blind and deceived as the evil rulers of the world – which is why they all side together against God’s minority Witness of integrity and Truth.
The situation is desperate, crazy, insane, heart breaking, soul paining, unbelievable, mind blowing, satanic and an audacious challenge of His Supremacy.
August 22, 2005
The Aftermath of Gush Katif
Those souls in Israel with hearts and accommodating spirits, are reeling in the aftermath of the debauchery of a Prime Minister gone berserk like a ravenous animal on some of the finest moral sectors of his nation. The sworn enemies of these fine, productive and ethical communities will now receive a one sided gift from Prime Minister Sharon, a major chunk of Holy Land. This land, which these noble and brave settlers over the last 30 years have developed from barren uninhabited desert land to one of the most productive agricultural communities in Israel, is specifically defined in the Bible as part of the Land which has been allocated to Jews by Divine Order. Over the last year alone, the settlers of Gush Katif have endured some 6000 rocket attacks across the border from the Palestinians in Gaza. These unilaterally awarded enemies are now dancing in the streets, brandishing the M16’s which they have used and will now use with even more success on Israelis, to force them off the Land which the Palestinians are now high-jacking. Sharon, his cohorts and their followers and political supporters may not be dancing, but they are as unconcerned as fattened mice in a cage with inexhaustible food supplies – and they contentedly swoon about their “greater than expected success” over this despised and to them irking religious sector of their nation, who are now living in refugee status across the country.
1800 families were evicted, many forcibly, within 5 days. These are now finding themselves scattered all over the country, most in temporary havens, some without any haven at all. Contrary to the well promoted claims of the authorities, the arrangements for these people are in chaos.
- Many have been evicted once more from the hotel rooms where they were supposed to be housed for 10 days – to make way for previously booked clients
- These settlers have now been informed that they must pay the hotel bills themselves.
- Many only have the clothes on their bodies with which they were carried or herded out of their (often luxurious) homes.
- Those personal belongings which may have been packed properly by some residents before eviction, are standing somewhere inaccessible to them, in shipping containers in the desert sun, in goods yards for which they are charged thousands of dollars storage fees. They are also billed $2000 for transport of the containers
- Those who have not yet packed, will be charged exorbitant packing fees by the same army that evicted them. Meanwhile, their belongings remain in unlocked houses in now deserted towns where all sorts of service people are roaming around.
- settlers who have complied timeously were even charged for having their electricity cut off.
- deported settlers, now refugees, must continue paying their mortgages on the homes which the Sharon government have now bulldozed.
- all compensation is taxable!
- Three main tent cities house the residents of 3 settlements. One of these is in center Tel Aviv opposite the Central train station. The city authorities are opposing their stay and have given them until Friday 26 August to leave.
No commentator or media channel has referred much to or calculated the enormous financial loss to these, now refugees, for having to hang around for days, perhaps months, or even years, while their accommodation is being sorted out by what may be one of the most bureaucratic State systems in the world. As in all countries, State employees have very little concern for their captive audience who require their services. After all this, they have to find new employment or livelihoods – and Israel must be one of the most strenuous countries for such provision.
The situation is simply beyond understanding for Bible believing sympathizers across the world – this certainly much to the joy and satisfaction of the secular, Bible despising masses of the world – and unspeakably hurtful to the victims who are caught up in this labyrinth of horrors.
BIBLE REVELATIONS will attempt to bring Scriptural understanding on this sorrowful event in the coming days, as we learn to live with and bear the pain ourselves.
Latest – 25 August 2005
New homes for Gaza Jews: Tents in Tel Aviv
Refugees camp out to protest ‘government incompetence’
By Aaron Klein
© 2005 WorldNetDaily.com
TEL AVIV – Explaining they have nowhere to go until the Israeli government organizes their living situation, former residents of a large farming community in Jewish Gaza moved into tents yesterday just off the main highway in Tel Aviv.
Expelled residents of Nezer Hazani, a former community in Gaza’s Gush Katif slate of Jewish towns, pitched a tent camp in a public park alongside a major Tel Aviv exit on Israel’s main Ayalon Highway. Most residents of Hazani arrived at the camp in an effort to protest what they say is Israel’s failure to organize suitable living accommodations for them after they were forced from their homes in Gaza last week.
“We have no where else to go,” Hazani spokeswoman and tent camp resident Anita Tucker told WND. “The government is so disorganized. We keep hearing things are being worked out – then nothing happens. We call and they put us off. If they gave me the money, I could have everything worked out for all the former residents very quickly, so I don’t see why these so-called professionals are doing things so poorly.”
Hazani residents, along with the entire Jewish population of the Gaza Strip, last week were evacuated from their homes and placed on buses that brought many to hotels in Jerusalem, Ashkelon, Eilat and near the Dead Sea. The Israeli government is currently negotiating compensation and relocation deals with settlement leaders with the aim of keeping former communities in tact and transferring them to neighborhoods in the Negev.
Many had thought their hotel stays were being paid for by the government, but they were informed this week the bills will be deducted from any compensation they are set to receive.
For many Hazani residents, hotel rooms were not even available. They were transferred to yeshiva dormitories in Jerusalem and the Negev. They decided instead to set up the Tel Aviv tent city in hopes of pressuring the government to find them living quarters quickly.
“School starts in one week, and we don’t know where our kids will go yet because the government is still working things out,” said Tucker.
Hazani residents, like the vast majority of Gush Katif, did not apply for government compensation deals before the evacuation took place. The average evacuated family was offered about $200,000 in compensation – the exact amount depending on house size, the number of children and length of residence in the area. Some also were offered two years free rent if they move to certain communities set up in the Negev.
Many in Gush Katif owned property worth far more than the compensation offered. A consortium of American organizations recently announced they will put up $14 million to pay Katif farmers for their greenhouses. But the hothouses of Katif and the produce they generate are worth an estimated $1-2 billion.
“We didn’t apply for compensation because we couldn’t give in,” explained Tucker. “We knew Gaza was first to be given up, then it will be Judea and Samaria, then Jerusalem. We didn’t want to allow this horrible government plan to go through.”
Officials expect most refugees ultimately to move for up to two years to 800 flats and 110 houses rented by the government in coastal towns such as Ashkelon and on kibbutzim near Gaza.
A leader of the Legal Forum for the Land of Israel charged yesterday that only 100 of the 1,700 families evacuated from Gaza have found permanent housing solutions so far, and that only 700 families have found temporary options. The other 1,000 have no solutions at all, he said.
Following are the conclusions of two well informed sources:
“There is no incompetence nor misunderstanding here. Sharon intended this to be a Pogrom from the very beginning and to cause maximum trauma and dislocation. This is only the start. Irrespective of who the next Prime Minister of Israel will be, he will be under foreign control with instructions to finish the destruction and prepare for the Final Solution to the Jewish problem in Palestine. Nobody with even the most minimal experience in Government, the Military, Business or even Academia makes mistakes like this. Nobody.”
“The expulsion was prepared in fine detail. Temporary housing was built for the soldiers and cops and equipped with everything needed for the temporary use, down to the last detail. Every move, every word was planned and rehearsed. Everything was in place and briefed, including 20 public relations professionals in two countries to spread the word that the expellees were all living in first class hotels with checks in the amount of half a million dollars and would have permanent situation by September first. The abandonment of the refugees and their repeated expulsion and desperation were equally planned in detail. This is not governmental incompetence that we are witnessing but deliberate, malicious cultural genocide.”
Editor BIBREV – Many of the evicted settlers have commented on the professionally designed new black uniforms and rig-outs of the executing riot squads which represented something out of the movies – probably with the intent aim to cause maximum psychological fear and intimidation – just as Hitler’s Gestapo.
August 29, 2005
Katrina’s message to Bush & Madam Rice
(BIBREV Editorial Mote – There are several commentators who claim that every time Bush takes a major step in opposing the well being of Israel according to the Divine Purpose, a major catastrophe hits the USA. Bush’s decrees have landed most of the 8500 Jews who were forcibly removed from Gush Katif, on the streets in Israel without homes, jobs and schools. Exactly 7 days later, Katrina threatens to make a million refugees in New Orleans).
Please note that this article was written by the Rabbi even before Katrina’s cyclone hit New Orleans on Monday. On Tuesday news reports seemed to conclude that the storm damage was not so bad after all, as Katrina took a last minute right hand turn, thereby avoiding a direct hit on the city – and thereby nullifying all the doom prophecies. Then – on Wednesday, as the water level in some places declined, the devastation became known. Some commentators described it as ‘Hiroshima’, ‘similar to the Indian tsunami catastrophe’. Yet, the core of Katrina missed the main City of New Orleans which was on Wednesday declared uninhabitable by its authorities and probably a million people (from the greater area) are homeless, “with nowhere to go”. They have thus reached the situation in which most of the 8500 Jews of Gush Katif, whom Bush, Rice and Sharon had disenfranchised exactly one week ago, and who are now refugees in their own country, many living in tents in city parks!
The damage could have been even far worse – Bush was given the opportunity to repent and withdraw his demands for continued dismantling of the Holy Land of Israel – God’s domain for establishing, soon, His universal Kingdom. Bush should carry the responsibility for this catastrophe to his people – just as Sharon does. Will they listen? Hardly likely. So, expect worse to follow – They have declared War on God by dismantling Israel – how audacious of these “little tin men”?
Refer: Declaring War on God
By Rabbi Lazer Brody – (Please note, that this Warning was published days BEFORE Katrina struck)
Rebbe Nachman of Breslev teaches that we must constantly search for the Divine message in all the events of our lives, since Hashem (G-d) speaks to us by way of our environment.
At the time of this writing, hurricane Katrina has been declared a national emergency in the USA; her winds now exceed 175 mph (nearly 300 km/hour). She’s a mere one hundred miles from the US coast, and approaching at a foreboding 13 miles per hour. Authorities in Louisiana have ordered hundreds of thousands of people to flee from their homes.
Katrina is hitting just as the bulldozers are completing the destruction of Gush Katif. The Talmud teaches that Hashem administers the world according to the “ATFAT” principle, in other words, “a turn for a turn” (for an elaboration of the. My heart tells me that there’s a link between the forced expulsion of 8500 people from their blood, sweat, and tear-soaked homes in Israeli Gaza and between the nearly 850,000 people who are forced to flee from their homes in Louisiana. Sharon, at the prodding of the American government, has destroyed hallowed centers of prayer, Torah learning, and settlement in the Land of Israel. Hashem isn’t wasting much time in showing His wrath. In fact, Katrina has chosen Ms. Rice’s home state as a target; I humbly believe that the unfortunate people of Louisiana can blame Mr. Bush and Ms. Rice for their misfortune. This is a classic ATFAT situation: He who creates exiles in the Holy Land, will have a hundred-fold exiles in his own land.
A bizarre turn of events – for weeks, the media was savoring over the confrontations between Jewish settlers and Jewish soldiers; now, similar pictures are pouring over the wire from New Orleans. In the above photo, courtesy of Reuters, a National Guardsman holds back people seeking refuge in the Louisiana Superdome, Sunday afternoon.A coincidence? I don’t believe in coincidences.
Katrina, written קטרינה in Hebrew, has a numerical equivalent of 374. Two relevant passages in Torah share the exact numerical equivalent of 374 also: רעה גמלוך, or “They have done you evil” (see Gen. 50:17), and ים ביבשה, or “The sea upon land” (see Exodus 14:15). The former passage may be an indication as to the spiritual cause of Katrina, while the latter passage describes the physical manifestation.
(BIBREV Ed. – CNN visuals beforehand described the surrounding areas of New Orleans as vast marshlands and how the sea pushes in at times of great storms. On Wednesday, showing aerial videos of how the sea invaded New Orleans, the commentator remarked how that “the barrier between sea and land had been removed!” – )
The Rabbi concluded:
Mr. Bush and Ms. Rice, I implore you to repent, to ask Hashem’s forgiveness for destroying a flourishing part of Israel. Cancel all your demands for further territorial concessions in Israel. If by your initiative more Jews are rendered homeless, G-d forbid, I shudder to think of what could happen. Please take Katrina very seriously, for she is a no-nonsense messenger from The Almighty.
BIBLE REVELATIONS Commentary – There also is an interesting correlation of numerical values, in the very name of the Gush Katif operation, i.e. Hitnatkut (Disengagement).
“Hebrew letters, like Roman and Greek letters, have numerical values. Gamatriah (Hebrew) is the term used for the study and analysis of the numerical values of words, sentences and portions of Tanach (OT) and their comparative conclusions. Rabbi Avraham Feld points out the following: – The numerical value of the Hebrew word for ‘disengagement’ (Hitnatkut) is 1361. He then searched for a Scripture sentence with the same numerical value. The one that came up, was: Ps 50:15 – “When you invoke Me in your troubles, I will rescue you and you shall honour Me”
Certainly not as a result of this Tanach admonishment, but in general despair of the protestors against the disengagement of Gush Katif as the finale was closing in, 250 000 to 1 million people (impossible to count) flooded to the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem one week before Sharon’s storm troopers set in to forcibly evacuate part of the Israeli nation from their homes and farms. The entire audience ‘wailed’ before the God of Israel, begging His Intervention, in an historic national repentance before God. Needless to say, that the media scoffed at these, to them, seeming vain attempts to stop the world’s ‘democratic’ solution for Peace ijn the Middle East. And, fortunately for them, there was no immediate Divine Intervention afterwards to prevent the mass and forcible deportation of Jews. Bewildering and heart wrenching (even for many non-Jews across the world) scenes filled the TV screens for several days when brute Israeli soldiers and police herded people out of their homes – where the true believers had dug in, awaiting a Divine miracle!
Now, in retrospect, let us analyze the Gamatriah message of “disengagement” as centralized in Ps. 50:15 “:“When you invoke Me in your troubles, I will rescue you and you shall honour Me”
Ps. 50. in general context, asks for God to be silent no more – something which is very problematic for victims of disaster to accept in this time where so much is done in Faith in Him, and while the brutal executing enemy persists, God is silent. It then emphasises the need for true worship (as God addresses ‘Israel’ which today we know does not refer to Jews only, but to 10-Israel also – Refer 1.1. End-Time Joining together of the Two Houses of Israel
Then follows a fearful reprimand for those who are out of line READ! – and it concludes with a promise of that which we are waiting for: “To the upright, I will show how God can save!” Is the devastation of Katrina one such evidence?
Though there was no direct Divine Intervention in Gush Katif and most of the deportees are now refugees without homes, schools or jobs – a fact which shocked many in Israel after such sincere mass prayer meetings – it may be that the Cyclone in USA is just such an Intervention. Now, after the real catastrophic devastation in New Orleans has become known, these same scoffing media reports and supports official calls for prayer!
Some readers may take exception to such a statement, accusing us of rejoicing in other people’s sufferings – my response: check the Exodus and the drowning of the Egyptians in the sea – when the Israelites sang and danced on the opposite shore in Honour of God who had intervened. Unfortunately, like with the Gush settlers, it is the innocent people that suffer – now, it will probably be the poor in Louisiana. The rulers seem to go scot free. After Katrina, may the media, who are the dedicated puppets of the evil rulers, swallow their scoffing remarks after the ‘Disengagement’ from the homes and properties of the citizens of New Orleans, which these leaders had brought onto their own nation .
Let us remember – the Judgment belongs to God!
Note also other similarities between Gush Katif and Gulf Coast, Katrina:
|Gush Katif on the Mediterranean Coast||The Gulf Coast in USA|
|The bodies of the dead to be dug up, against Jewish Law, and reburied outside of Gush Katif||Bodies floating in the streets, with a pre-declared risk (now materialized – Ed) that even coffins in the historic grave yard could be washed up|
|In line with Sharon and Bush’s decree for making Gush Katif ‘Judenrein’- on Sunday 28 August Gush Katif was declared “empty of (Jewish) residents,”
Most of Gush Katif’s some 10 000 evicted residents found themselves without homes or jobs, without money, and their assets either in military stores in containers somewhere in the desert or exposed to looting in their abandoned homes, They found themselves virtually on Israeli streets, irrespective of government claims to the contrary
|The next day Katrina struck New Orleans, and 2 days later New Orleans was declared ‘uninhabitable’, leaving up to 500 000 people (in the greater area) homeless. Looting was rife in the devastated areas, with police running out of fuel for their vehicles and no jails for locking up looters!
|10,000 patriotic Jews were expelled from Gush Katif – out of a total Jewish population in Israel of 6 million:
10 000 divide by 6 000 000 = 0,17%
|500 000 in N.Orleans are left homeless,
total US pop. 300 000 000
500 000 divide 300 000 000 = 0,17%
|Bush now has his sights on the so-called ‘West Bank’ of Israel a.k.a. Samaria (Shomron) which he wants to make ‘Judenrein’ of an initial 60 000 Jews – and thereafter the rest, some 180 000 residents. So, multiply Katrina with 7 (i.e. Gush Katif 8500 x 7 = 59 500 ), thus, is a catastrophe 7x the impact of Katrina to follow?||The area in New Orleans housing the failed pump stations, is called ‘the West Bank’
|Whereas – in Gush Katif the settlers were outnumbered some 10 – 1 by military and police forces, many dressed in specially designed new riot gear outfits, like in the movies, to drag away people from their homes – – – – –||In New Orleans, even 5 days after the disaster struck, the great US Structure could not yet manage to get its troops into the devastated areas to savepeople who were without food and water and surrounded by infested waters and to stop looting and killing|
|Arriving just with their clothes on their bodies, having been forcibly dragged out of their homes and bussed away to unknown destinations, distraught and exhausted settlers were told to move on 1 or 2 days later.||Many evacuees, arriving hundreds of miles away after 12-hour long bus trips, without hardly food or water for days, were told to move on to other destinations.|
|Within a week, Gush Katif was bulldozed back to the bare desert sand that it was before Jews changed it to a coastal, highly productive agricultural paradise.||Whether New Orleans will be rebuilt, is an open question at this time – but already there are suggestions that it should be ‘bulldozed’. Guess the eventual outcome may confirm whether this was really all co-incidence or not.|
|The evicted settlers of Gush Katif, in their strong faith and identification under the 6-point Star of David, will continue searching for permanent settling in their Promised Land||The first and main haven where survivors of New Orleans found refuge, was Texas (Pres. Bush’ s domain), the “Lone Star State”, who’s 1st national flag (Zavala flag 1836) depicted The 5-point Star of Texas rising in the West against the sinking of the 6-point star.|
|The status of total despisement of the mostly religious settlers by the Israeli authorities is aptly summarized in an open letter to PM Sharon by Israeli Chassidic Rabbi Lazer Brody: “… you built an antireligious government that made the status of the religious population here like that of the blacks in Alabama of the 1950’s.”||After 5 days of almost total inaction of the mighty US government to come to the rescue of survivors stranded in the infested city of New Orleans, black leaders and outcries from across the world construed that it was because these survivors were mostly black and poor. It was only when CNN repeatedly televised these increasing outcries, that Bush started moving..|
|A small proportion of the settlers of Gush Katif left voluntary – the rest refused to quit their properties and were forcibly removed by army and police to the order of some 10 troops to each resident! – for the entire world to behold their embarrassing ordeal on TV||As most of the voluntary evacuees were removed, the troops started informing thousands of remaining citizens who refused to leave, that they would be removed forcibly from their properties.|
|In the weeks following the deportation, most families who found themselves virtually ‘on the street’ , were relocated to new temporary locations under cramped conditions.||Evacuees were no sooner settled in new quarters in neighbouring Texas, when hurricane Rita stormed down on Texas and they had to be evacuated with the residents in the projected storm path.|
Sept. 9, 2005 – The situation 3 weeks after deportation
The Situation of the Evacuees from Gash Katif
Israel Resource News Agency – September 7, 2005
Information for this report has been acquired from authoritative sources: The Israel Legal Forum the group of more than 50 lawyers working pro-bono and for token payment on behalf of the evacuees; Lema’an Achai a non-governmental social service agency in Ramat Beit Shemesh that has assumed major responsibility for providing counseling for the evacuees; Jewish Family Services, Israel a non-governmental social service agency that has been providing some assistance to evacuees; and evacuees themselves.
The realities with which the evacuees are coping are best understood set in context:
1) The Israeli governmental agency responsible for attending to the people expelled from Gush Katif has insisted on dealing with individual families.
The Disengagement Authority, SELA, from the beginning of this process has been willing to negotiate compensation only with individual families, who then presumably would make their own independent arrangements for which SELA would have no responsibility. In some relatively few instances, SELA has offered to provide housing for individual families.
The Gush Katif evacuees, on the other hand, have insisted that only relocation as communities will meet their needs. Community leaders indicated to SELA that they wished to have the Israel Legal Forum negotiate on their behalf, as communities; the government authorities refused.
There is precedent for what they have been requesting: When the Jewish population was moved out of the Sinai in 1982, they were relocated as communities.
As a result of this impasse, situations have arisen in which the government is maintaining it has provided places for people to live, but the people are saying that the scattered accommodations being suggested are not acceptable to them, and they consider that they have not been provided for.
2) By any measure one might use, the government was ill-prepared for moving the more than 8,000 residents of Gush Katif.
In part, this is because preparation took place over a period of months, rather than the three years of preparation done before the Sinai evacuation. Thus a great deal of transient living is facing the evacuees.
Stop-gap accommodations were all that awaited most of the families when they were removed from their homes. While some small percent had arranged more stable accommodations for example, having already accepted compensation or agreed to move to caravans the plan for the majority of evacuees was short-term placement in hotels. Mere days before the date of evacuation, however, SELA authorities realized that the 1,000 hotel rooms they had reserved were insufficient for the 1,700 families that were to be moved out: 2,500 were necessary. Officials of SELA, aided by members of the Legal Forum, scoured the country seeking additional hotel rooms. So inadequate has been the planning that there are cases in which whole families with several children were moved into one hotel room, with mattresses on the floor.
In some instances, Gush Katif families declined hotel rooms offered because the arrangements were severely inadequate or would have caused the scattering of the community. In some of these cases, the community set up tents, considered a preferable option; in other instances non-governmental offers of alternative accommodation, such as school dormitories, were accepted.
There were no government-provided social workers on the scene at various hotels to assist with the trauma of relocation and to give practical logistical advice. Evacuees distraught, angry, confused, and depressed found themselves having to also deal with such pragmatic issues as having no place to do laundry. It has been the large scale provision of assistance by volunteers professional social service and legal volunteers and a large cadre of laypersons willing to help with a myriad of details and provide comfort that has greatly ameliorated the situation for the evacuees.
Originally the stay in hotels was slated to be for ten days, but was extended. It is certainly expected, however, this first stage of interim accommodations will come to an end before long. For most of the evacuees, this will be followed by a period of living in more solid but still temporary housing, for a period of two or three years as permanent solutions are worked out. When they left Gush Katif two weeks ago, two-thirds of the evacuees had no idea where they would be going for this stage.
The temporary housing will be provided largely via apartments, and in some instances caravans. At Nitzan, 400 caravans (euphemistically called caravillas) are planned and some 200 families were able to go straight there and skip the stop-gap hotel accommodations. Additional families, coming from various Gush Katif communities, have since moved in. They have encountered severe difficulties, as they have been provided only with a complex of caravans with no synagogue, clinics, stores or schools local to them. The government is spending $100,000 to construct each of these caravans, which will be destroyed in three years.
As to the final permanent stage of housing, when the people left Gush Katif, a full 90% had no idea where this permanent stage would bring them. The Israel Legal Forum had proposed viable solutions such as settlements in the Negev or in Nitzanim to which whole communities might be moved. These proposals were made in sufficient time for them to be properly activated, but were rejected by the government. Some suggestions made by the government were not viable. For example, farmers rejected the possibility of relocation to the Galilee because climate and soil conditions are so different from those of Gush Katif that they would have no farming expertise; they require a southern setting in order to sustain themselves.
According to head of the Israel Legal Forum, Dr. Yitzhak Miron, all claims by the government that it was absolved of responsibility to prepare accommodations for families that did not negotiate before the evacuation are without basis in law. The government made a decision to move these people; the government had a responsibility to provide for them.
3) Reports that the evacuees will be generously compensated are in error: Monetary compensation will be provided according to a formula involving length of residence in the community, whether the family owned or was renting, and other factors. The original full package of compensation for all parties 2.5 billion shekels was increased to 4.5 billion shekels when the Israel Legal Forum went to court to expose the inadequacy of the projected sum. This larger amount is still 50% less than is needed for families to restore themselves to anything approximating their former positions. In brief: for families who owned houses, roughly $700 per square meter, some $50,000 for land, and $1,000 for each year each individual over age three lived in the community; for renters, some $10,000; for certain land owners possibly compensation via new land, although the plan is not working out successfully.
Government threats illegal according to Dr. Miron to reduce compensation of persons who refused to leave voluntarily before August 17 are being challenged by the Forum in court now.
The current situation
Many, if not most, of those evacuated from Gush Katif are without income. Either their farms were dismantled or their jobs were terminated. Securing employment has been problematic for many because of uncertainty as to where they are going to be located. There have been numerous reports of volunteers providing ready pocket cash for people who found themselves without enough to manage.
Dramatic efforts are under way to move some greenhouses and the plants they contain to new locations within the Green Line. This is particularly true in Atzmona, but also in other former settlements such as Kfar Darom and Netzarim. (Note: Many of the greenhouses are being left in tact via an arrangement to turn them over to the Palestinians.) Thousands of volunteers have been working furiously to bring everything out but will not be able to entirely succeed; much will be lost because of the deadline for the final closing of Gush Katif this Friday, September 9, so that the area can be entirely turned over to the Palestinians next week. Urgent appeals to extend the deadline have not been honored.
Those who had mortgages on their former property within Gush Katif are required to continue to make payments. In some instances it may be possible to ask the bank to freeze the mortgage until the compensation comes through. It should be noted, however, that taking mortgage costs out of the compensation package means having very little left for securing something else.
The evacuees’ belongings, of necessity left behind in their homes, have been packed in containers (with a maximum of two containers permitted) and shipped to storage sites. Considerable anxiety and frustration has accompanied this entire process. There were incidents of looting of belongings before they were packed and there have been incidents of damage in the storage areas. It remains unclear as to whether there is insurance covering the belongings. The compensation package does include something for moving expenses (14,000 to 21,000 NIS roughly $3,100 to 4,600), but in a great number of cases the cost of moving and storing belongings far exceeds this. Some families arranged for additional containers and storage on their own, because what was being provided was inadequate.
The beginning of the school year has generated additional anxiety and emotional problems with children feeling disoriented, and parents worried because they know there will be further transitions that are not good for their children.
It remains unclear by when people will be required to leave the hotels. A great many people still do not know where they are going for their next stage of resettlement. According to a lawyer with the Israel Legal Forum, the government is not making an effort to insure that everyone will be provided for in this next stage. There have been reports of arrangements in the planning that fell through; some community groups are making their own arrangements. The problem stated above regarding a strong determination to remain together applies here in the face of apartments offered in scattered locales in some instances.
Less then 50% of the families have received some government money at this point. 50,000 NIS in relief money (to be deducted from the eventual compensation package) was to have come speedily to every family that applied. At this point, any family that has applied for emergency relief but has not completed the entire application for compensation has been denied the relief.
14 September, 2005 – The situation 4 weeks after deportation
FROM WND’S JERUSALEM BUREAU
Americans shocked Gaza evacuees still homeless
Many living in tents, school dorms, waiting for compensation
By Aaron Klein
© 2005 WorldNetDaily.com
NITZAN, Israel – An American fact-finding commission here to determine the status of Gaza’s former Jewish residents was shocked to learn most have not yet received compensation packages from the Israeli government and have been homeless the past few weeks, with many living in hotels, tent cities and school dormitories.
Tent city for Katif refugees (All photos: Dov Gilor for WND)
In spite of media reports, many former residents say they have not been provided with government supplied social workers and medical care, and have been relying for food and in some cases clothing on volunteer efforts from local populations.
“I was stunned when I saw how former Gaza residents are living,” Pesach Lerner, commission head, told WND. Lerner is executive vice president of the National Council of Young Israel, a large American synagogue organization. “The perceptions I had and American Jews in general likely have about the status of the refugees was completely shattered when I saw things for myself.”
The U.S. delegation visited residents of all former communities from Gaza’s Gush Katif slate of Jewish towns. The majority have stayed together and are living in the same areas, many without basic necessities, while they wait for the Israeli government to organize their compensation and relocation deals.
At least one former Katif town has said it will not wait any longer for government aid, and has already started to rebuild its community in the Negev.
The American team spent time with the former Katif town of Eli Sinai, which used to be situated along the Gaza-Egypt border. Its 50 families are currently living in tents outside a popular rest stop at the entrance to the Israeli Negev.
“We have been waiting for the Disengagement Authority to get us the compensation and the relocation we were promised,” said Anat Hakman, a former Eli Sinai resident. “Things are so slow. I can’t believe it’s been almost a month and we have no where to live.”
Hakman showed the delegation her current home – two beds and an improvised closet area under a dark blue tarp. Her tent, along with those of the other former Eli residents, has a fan connected to a generator that works about eight hours a day.
“The generators are our biggest expense,” said Hakman. “It costs us several hundred dollars a day and is coming from our pockets.”
The Eli refugees take showers and wash their clothes in local homes. The area municipality provided them with water tanks and port-a-potties.
Hakman said once a new area is picked out for them by the government, the families are planning to move as a unit.
“Community is the most important thing to all of us. We have been very clear with the Israeli government that we will only move to new homes if it’s all of us together.”
The families of Shirat Hayam, a former Katif town that used to be located along the Mediterranean Sea, are now living in a college dormitory in Israel’s southwestern Gush Etzion region. Many who previously inhabited large modern homes are currently packing their families into one-room dorm units.
Yossi Chazut, a former Shirat Hayam, resident spoke with the American commission of the difficulties since last month’s Gaza evacuation.
“The families here still have not heard back about our compensation. It’s so hard to be considered a charity case and have to accept the help of others. Our lives are not good right now.”
Chazut said the Eztion Yeshiva [college] is absorbing the costs of their living until new communities are provided. He said many families have little clothing and supplies because their belongings were put in storage during the evacuation, and until compensation deals come through, they cannot afford the fees associated with reclaiming their possessions.
He explained many families are finding it challenging to adjust to life in an ultra-Orthodox environment.
“We’re used to walking around in shorts and short-sleeve shirts. The change is a big one for us,” said Chazut.
The delegation visited Katif’s former affluent Atzmona farming community, with its seventy families now situated in the Negev kibbutz of Ir Emunah or “City of Faith.” The families are all currently living in tents under a large dome roof they built to provide them with shelter from the usually strong desert sun.
A small area with electric generators features dozens of refrigerators and tables. A separate area divides outdoor bathrooms for men and women.
Unlike most other former Katif towns, Atzmona residents have given up waiting for government compensation and are planning to rebuild their community at their own expense.
Hundreds of caravans are being rented next week, while resident leaders scope out land in the Negev in which to settle.
“We have a few places earmarked and will decide on one and rebuild Gush Katif,” said Yehuda Reich, an Atzmona leader. He said he expects former Katif residents from other towns to eventually settle with him, and is hoping private donations will fund the community’s relocation.
In the meantime, with school starting this week, Atzmona residents have constructed from scratch a temporary school building alongside their tent city, and say they will staff the learning center with volunteer instructors.
“They destroyed our homes and our schools, but not our soul and spirits,” said Reich. “We will get back piece by piece everything we lost. And we will do it as a community. And apparently without any government help.”
The former Katif community of Nezer Hazani, with its 80 families, are currently living in a hotel in the Golan Heights owned by a family sympathetic to the refugees’ cause. They do not know where they will eventually settle. The families have not received any compensation from the Israeli government in spite of several specific promises to their community, and have been moved from town to town the past few weeks.
Former Hazani resident Mayan Yadai related the town’s movements: “After the evacuation, at first we had no where to go, so we stayed at a yeshiva dormitory in Jerusalem. The Israeli government set us up in a hotel but after a few days the finances fell through and the hotel needed us to leave. Nothing was worked out.
“Some of us moved to tents in Tel Aviv to protest. Then the government said they had everything ready and we could live in a hotel until we get compensation and are relocated to a new community.
“But after we arrived at the hotel, the government decided we could only stay for one month, but the hotel wanted two months or nothing, so we were kicked out and are now living at a large hotel owned by religious people who just want to help out and probably wont get paid.”
Every former Katif town the American delegation visited described similar situations. Not a single Katif resident who was evacuated last month received any government compensation in any form, the evacuees said. All said they did not know where they will eventually live. Most are relying on charity from the general Israeli public to get by each day.
Many former residents were originally housed in hotels, but moved out after they were informed their hotel stays were being deducted from any compensation they are set to ultimately receive.
The vast majority – 1,450 of Katif’s 1,800 families – did not apply for government compensation ahead of Israel’s evacuation deadline last month, most saying they feared if the withdrawal were allowed to be implemented in Gaza, it would lead to other evacuations in Judea, Samaria and eastern Jerusalem.
The Israeli government, though, reoffered the compensation packages after the Gaza evacuation and said all families would be fully compensated.
Lerner said before he departed to Israel, he was made aware of a briefing issued to American Jewish organizations in which the Israeli government claimed they were immediately providing all former refugees with a $50,000 advance as spending money ahead of any final compensation deal, which they said would average about $200,000.
“No one saw a cent of that money,” said Lerner. “There’s a lot of misinformation out there. People in America think the expelled Gush Katif residents are taken care of. All these media reports say everything is fine and people have been relocated. All inaccurate. The situation is dire.”
Perhaps the one exception is the Negev town of Nitzan, where the 350 former Katif residents who applied early for compensation and moved before the evacuation are currently living. Many media reports have stated Nitzan residents have been fully relocated and are living in comfortable homes.
The American delegation was surprised by the living conditions in the new neighborhood. Those relocated to Nitzan are living in small prefabricated “trailer villas.” Several residents said electricity and running water are sparse and that construction of a school for their children has been delayed.
The Israeli government has not yet constructed a synagogue in Nitzan. Residents wishing to pray together were offered a small building that can house about 20 people.
“It’s terrible in Nitzan for religious families,” explained Lerner. “People used to going to synagogue every day now have really no options. I was also shocked by the size of the new so-called houses. These former residents moved from large homes in Gush Katif to cramped quarters with maybe two bedrooms and tiny living quarters.”
Nitzan residents are mostly farmers, many of whom now say they are not sure what they will do.
“The land is much different here than what Gush Katif farmers are used to,” explained Anita Tucker, one of the pioneer farmers of Katif. “Most of the techniques used in the greenhouses in Gaza were specific to the land and environment. Now farmer will have to develop new ways for these new lands and the different kind of soil.”
A spokesman for Israel’s Disengagement Authority told WND, “We are working as quickly as we can to get compensation to residents. We are aware of delays, and are trying to work together with community leaders.”
Senior community leaders from all Katif towns said they have not heard from the Israeli government the past two weeks.
Lerner said even after compensation packages are received, former Katif residents will still be in need. “Take the average family, which might receive $200,000. First, the government is taking out any mortgage still owed on their Gaza homes, then hotel stays, health insurance … by the time all is said and done, there’s not going to be much left. Not enough to nearly replace their loss and start over.”
Families who lived in Gush Katif for less than three years are not entitled to compensation at all, Lerner said.
Officials expect most people to ultimately move for up to two years to 800 apartments and 110 houses rented by the government in coastal towns such as Ashkelon and on kibbutzim near Gaza. After that, former Katif residents will be on their own.
But for now, Lerner says his delegation has found there is a “massive humanitarian crisis that people in America are not aware of. Something must be done. How can American Jews go on vacations and go about their business when there is this situation of people who used to be charitable and used to live beautiful homes now with no food on their table, no jobs, kids without schools going from place to place. Now that it’s been exposed, it’s time for American Jews to act.”
Now read the next report below
September 28, 2005
Hurricane Rita causes all time high damage to Oil Rigs
The encompassment of the damage caused by hurricane Rita, though not fully established yet, is certainly downplayed by the media and commentators, giving the impression that Rita was almost harmless. ENERGY BULLETIN published an authoritative report which is copied below
It remains a highly controversial question whether Katrina and Rita were Divine retribution for Bush and the USA for pushing Israel to disenfranchise 1800 families from their homes, farms and businesses in Gush Katif.
Those who disagree will point out that there have been many hurricanes in the past, causing great damage in the USA. The publishers of BIBLE REVELATIONS remain in favour of it being Divine retribution. There are simply too many similarities in the aftermath of Gush Katif and Katrina. Refer here. And now we’ve had Rita, which seemingly passed by without much damage – did it really? Not according to the report below.
Without going into lengthy reproves of why this may be truly Divine Retribution, let us simply highlight a conclusion from: Science Daily: BOULDER — The number of Category 4 and 5 hurricanes worldwide has nearly doubled over the past 35 years, even though the total number of hurricanes has dropped since the 1990s, according to a study by researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). “What we found was rather astonishing,” …. Since 1990, the number of Category 4 and 5 hurricanes has almost doubled, averaging 18 per year globally
And from the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
The years from 1995 to 2000 have been the most active six-year period on record. This includes the total number of named major hurricanes (23). However, only 3 of the 23 major hurricanes that developed in the Atlantic basin during this period reached the U.S. coastline (Opal, 1995; Fran, 1996; and Bret, 1999) (This, before Katrina).
Surely, the issue is about major hurricanes (4 or 5), if we speak of ‘retribution’? White House reporter Bill Koenig has tracked the storms hitting the USA over the last decade, and concludes that all major storms happened directly or shortly after US interference with Israel’s future and welfare. If true, then surely Katrina has a similar important ranking?
Now, let’s look at Rita in the aftermath, and note how that its storm path swept right next to Katrina, with seeming main concentration on ‘oil’ production. Oil is the major future issue in the world and is what lies behind Bush’s draconian expectations and actions against Israel. This report emphasises the roll of oil rigs and the effect of Rita’s damage on them, and thus on future oil production.
Published on 28 Sep 2005 by Financial Times. Archived on 28 Sep 2005.
Rita causes record damage to oil rigs
by Carola Hoyos in London, Sheila McNulty
Hurricane Rita has caused more damage to oil rigs than any other storm in history and will force companies to delay drilling for oil in the US and as far away as the Middle East, initial damage assessments show.
ODS-Petrodata, which provides market intelligence to the offshore oil and natural gas industry, said it expected a shortage of rigs in the US Gulf this year. “Based on what we have right now, it appears that drilling contractors and rig owners took a big hit from Rita,” said Tom Marsh of ODS-Petrodata. “The path Katrina took was through the mature areas of the US Gulf where there are mainly oil [production] platforms. Rita came to the west where there is a lot of [exploratory] rig activity.”
Ken Sill of Credit Suisse First Boston said: “Early reports indicate numerous rigs are missing, destroyed or have suffered serious damage and several companies have yet to report. Rita may set an all-time record.”
The US Coast Guard said nine semi-submersible rigs had broken free from their moorings and were adrift.
This damage could not have come at a worse time for oil companies and consumers. US crude futures on Monday fell 37 cents to $65.45 a barrel in midday trading in New York as refineries that were evacuated before the onset of Rita returned to operation.
Earlier in the day, Ali Naimi, Saudi Arabia’s oil minister, said the market had not taken up the 2m barrels a day of spare capacity the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries offered last week. Speaking in Johannesburg, he blamed high oil prices on a lack of industry infrastructure, including rigs and refineries, rather than oil reserves. Rigs, which are movable and are used for exploration and development, were in short supply before hurricanes Katrina and Rita blew through the US Gulf in late August and September.
High oil prices and the desperate search for new oil supplies needed to meet rampant demand from the US and China have made rigs difficult to find and expensive to hire. Rigs cost $90m-$550m to construct, depending on how sophisticated the structure and how deep the water in which it will drill. A rig ordered today is unlikely to be ready before 2008 or 2009, analysts said.
As a sign of just how precious rigs are becoming to the market, Anadarko, the biggest US independent oil company, this week set a record by committing to a rig six years in advance; commitments in the past were made months ahead of time rather than years.
Initial reports from companies are ominous. Global Santa Fe reported it could not find two of its rigs. Rowan Companies reported four rigs damaged, with two having moved, one losing its “legs” and the fourth presumed sunk. Noble has four rigs adrift, with two run aground one into a ChevronTexaco platform.
November 4, 2005
11 weeks after the Eviction, no solutions yet
Eleven weeks after the disengagement, many of the expelled families continue to be shuffled along from one short-lived proposed solution to another. Reports from Katif, Slav, Bdolach and Jerusalem.
Former Gush Katif residents and several Likud MKs met this week at the Jerusalem Gold Hotel, where many of the families have been deposited. One woman from N’vei Dekalim cried out,
“What do you want? That we should just evaporate? Every plan that arises falls a second later because there is no money or whatever. You had money to put up new gravestones, so that there wouldn’t be a scandal – but money for a roof over our heads you don’t have. What harm did we do to you? Everyone says that the disengagement is behind us – but behind who? We’re jailed here in the hotel. Our lives are stuck in a container and we don’t see an end.”
B’Sheva correspondent Ariel Kahane visited the Gold Hotel this week, and reported:
“Two and a half months after the erasure of the communities, and the emotional stability of the residents is deteriorating. Thousands of them are still closed up in cages of gold, conducting lives on the fringe of sanity. Children are sometimes locked out of their parents’ automatic-lock rooms, while others receive a cold stare of rebuke from hotel workers for having taken an apple from the kitchen between meals. Some teenagers steal out of their rooms in the middle of the night to who-knows-where, while their parents in the other room have no control; their own situation is not much better.”
“This impossible situation,” Kahane writes, “weakens their stature, and accelerates fissures in their family structure. Many of the adults are not working, and there are already couples that are beginning to crack because of the forced idleness.”
The problems do not exist only in the hotels. Many of the several hundred families in the new caravila [small and temporary pre-fab housing] village of Nitzan, north of Ashkelon, have no jobs and an uncertain housing future. The former Gush Katif community of Bdolach is a prime example:
Some 35 Bdolach families (out of close to 40 that lived there on the eve of the expulsion) are currently in Nitzan – but of these, 30 were farmers, and only one of them has begun to work the fields!
“That particular man was both industrious and fortunate,” said Chaim B., who lived in Bdolach for the last six months of its existence, “as his parents had a plot of land on a moshav that they were not working, so he took it over. But everyone else is reduced to waiting for solutions from the government – and this involves finding land, problems of its distance from their homes, what type of agriculture, beginning anew, and the like. For people in their late 40’s and 50’s, it’s not easy to start again – and especially when so much is settled.”
Chaim said that though there was much to do until now – “all sorts of arrangements, preparing for the holidays, etc.” – now begins a potentially dangerous period of near-total idleness and boredom. “Some of the men used to study for an hour or two each day in the nearby Torat HaChaim yeshiva in N’vei Dekalim [which has re-located to Yad Binyamin, a half-hour drive away – ed.], but that arrangement has not yet been reinstated… They need jobs!”
For others, the problems of boredom have not yet begun – because they are still busy figuring out where to live for the coming months. Some 30 families of the former Moshav Katif have moved to the King Saul Hotel in Ashkelon, after having lived for two months in the dormitories of the Kfar Pines Girls High School. Ten other Katif families moved to the Atzmonah “Faith City” (Ir HaEmunah) encampment near Netivot, hoping to join up with their former townsmen as soon as possible.
Though they have chosen a site for the new permanent community they wish to build – in the Lachish area – they have been on a roller-coaster ride regarding where to live for the coming two years. The possibility of Eibim near Sderot was nixed at the last moment by the government; Nehushah was on the table for a while but became irrelevant; Even Shmuel was then proposed – and now Moshav Amatziah appears to be the most likely.
Aryeh, of Moshav Katif, told Arutz-7 today, “Some of our people are right now on a tour of Amatziah, and this could be the best option, as it is very close to our permanent site. Even the government appears to be coming towards us, hoping that we will be their first successful community; until now the government has not succeeded in finding a communal solution for even one town! The high-rise apartment building for Kfar Darom is still stuck, etc., and they’re hoping that they can succeed with us. They’ve even offered to build a new road between Shomeriyah, where Atzmonah is supposed to go, and Amatziah, so that we’ll be able to send our children to school there. We have also asked for special consideration – larger caravans – for our large families. We hope that within a week or two, we’ll have answers as to whether, once and for all, something will finally work out.”
Aryeh explained that Moshav Katif is currently divided up into four different locations – two Ashkelon hotels, Yad Binyamin, and Ir HaEmunah – and that they greatly fear that they will not end up together in one community. “One of the main reasons we are so anxious to remain unified,” he explained, “in addition to simply wanting to retain our beautiful community, is to help the 6-7 families that for various reasons are not eligible for government help. We don’t want them to fall by the wayside.”
One community that did not survive the expulsion and simply shattered into small pieces is Slav. Formerly located in the southwestern tip of the Gaza Strip, Slav was a small and young town of only 12 families – each of which is now on its own. One family with two children had been living for the past several weeks in one room in the Otzem pre-military preparatory yeshiva, where the husband studied, but the conditions finally became unbearable; they moved this week, on their own, to a private apartment near her parents. Other families live in Ir HaEmunah, Yad Binyamin, or on their own – and the community of Slav no longer exists.
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Every citizen of Israel has the right to be buried free of charge in his/her home town. The family of Netezer Hanazi who died of a heart attack, was asked to pay to 30,000 Shekels (a year’s salary for a junior clerk) tobury him in Rishon L’tzion, since it’s not his “home town”. He had no current home town, since his home is rubble in Gaza. The office of Minister of Science and Technology did offer to return the money (another of the many promises by the government, few of which have been honoured) to this family and any further deaths.
The Katif people, had a rude awakening this week when their representatives were told that the Disengagement Authority was willing to pay the hotel only 10% of the cost of the rooms. The hotel had been willing to give a 20% discount, but the Authority reportedly wanted a 90% discount. It also insisted that the hotel provide only one hot meal a day, and that the evacuees would have to manage in their rooms for the other two meals. Having visited the Ganei Tal community in Hafetz Haim, we can report that the rooms are very small, about 60% the size of a regular hotel room, and there are no cooking facilities. Nevertheless, the Moshav Katif people were willing to live in those conditions, but the deal fell through, according
to them, due to the demands of the Disengagement Authority.
Yesterday (Sunday) representatives from Gadid went to see the apartment hotel rooms that the Disengagement Authority had offered them in Ashkelon for the next four months. “There are very tiny rooms, one small burner per family, very uncomfortable. It appears they didn’t even check the place before they sent us to see it,” says Shoshi. “The main thing is they say, ‘We offered the settlers and they refused.”
Aaron Farjun, a spokesperson for Bdoloch currently living at Nitzan, laughed when asked if the caravan were fireproof. “Ask if they’re waterproof! They’re substandard. There are all kinds of problems with them. They’re made of a little bit of cement wiped over a piece of netting.”
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November 25 , 2005
Review of the Situation of The Jewish refugees – 3 months after : government indifference
Caroline Glick, THE JERUSALEM POST
The Quartet’s envoy and former World Bank president James Wolfensohn is reputed to be quite a deal maker. One of the deals he made as the Quartet’s envoy to the region was the purchase by wealthy American Jews of greenhouses owned by the Jews who were expelled from Gaza this past summer and their transfer as a gift to the Palestinians. Unfortunately, while the greenhouses were indeed abandoned by the Jews as the IDF threw them off their land, and they were transferred to the Palestinians, the Jews never received any money. According to the farmers, the World Bank claims that much of the equipment was looted from the greenhouses before the IDF withdrew and as a result they weren’t paid.
This story is one of many that were never reported in the aftermath of the expulsions. Those expulsions, and the withdrawal of IDF forces that followed have enabled Gaza to be transformed into a new base of operations for global jihad. But aside from the foreseen strategic consequences of the withdrawal of IDF forces from Gaza, the expulsions have caused a humanitarian disaster for Israeli society. Hundreds of families have been living in hotel rooms in Jerusalem for the past three months. The largest group of refugees – some 350 families with another 150 on their way – lives in the temporary city of Nitzan.
When one enters Nitzan, at first glance it looks like a success story. The roads are largely paved. Each family lives in a red-roofed mobile home with grassy lawns all around. But dig just slightly beneath the surface and you see you are in a refugee camp. The fiberglass walls of the homes can be torn apart by a stray soccer ball. Children play in dirt plots next to moving bulldozers. Sewage runs openly between the homes. And those homes – 60 square meters for families of five and under, and 90 square meters for families with more than three children – are cramped and tiny. Most of the families in Nitzan had lived in homes that averaged 200 square meters in Gaza.
When they arrived at Nitzan many of the refugees realized that their furniture was unsuitable and so they were forced to buy new furnishings. Although each family’s belongings were packed in containers, you will see no containers in Nitzan. The Defense Ministry, which runs the camp, only allows people to have their containers for 10 days. Anyone who does not remove their container after 10 days is fined. And anyway, the summer heat combined with less than professional packing by Defense Ministry contractors left the contents of some 20 percent of the containers ruined.
THE COMMUNITIES in Gaza were self-sustaining. Most of the residents worked where they lived. Eighty percent of the residents of Nitzan, who farmed, taught in schools, owned shops and worked in the local councils, are unemployed today. The massive unemployment, together with the trauma of having been forced out of their communities, has taken its toll on the residents. Divorce rates are skyrocketing. Parents, who spend much of their days watching television and climbing the walls, have lost control of their children.
The child refugees of Gaza are perhaps the worst hit by the expulsions. Violence among the youths is high and rising. Drug abuse, which was negligible in their communities in Gaza, is on the rise. Two empty mobile homes were locked after they were found to contain drug paraphernalia. So the party moved elsewhere. Nitzan is prime territory for drug dealers looking for easy prey.
Children and youths have an almost psychotic fear of policemen and soldiers. “When they see soldiers or policemen these kids start shaking uncontrollably and become hysterical,” explains Eliya Tzur, the head of the One Heart volunteer organization that has been helping the residents get reestablished.
“The Education Corps of the IDF wanted to send officers to come to the schools to talk with them. I warned them not to,” Tzur, a 24-year-old college student from Jerusalem explains. “They said they weren’t afraid of hostility. I explained that it wasn’t hostility that I was worried about, but violence. These kids look at soldiers and see tyrants. I don’t know what or how long it will take to change this.”
THE IRRATIONALITY of the youths’ reaction to the army and police is matched by the financial irrationality of many of their parents. They received NIS 50,000 from their overall reparations immediately after they were thrown out of their homes. Rather than save it, many bought cars they didn’t need. The government deducts monthly rent for the mobile homes from the rest of the restitution package, which averages NIS 600,000 per family. The residents, without jobs, are eating away the possibility of ever having the money to build new homes for themselves.
The government has met all these problems with indifference. The Labor Ministry has yet to set up an employment office in Nitzan. There is only one social worker assigned to the Potemkin town. Much of the property of the regional council in Gaza was disbursed to other communities. Four thousand books from Gush Katif’s library are stacked up in one of the mobile homes, locked away. There is still no mikve. There is no grocery store. Buses come through twice a day and a taxi ride to the grocery store costs over NIS 100. Absurdly, when the residents moved in there was an IDF watchtower set up in the middle of the development for no reason. There are guard towers at its four corners, but they are unmanned. Theft is rampant.
One Heart organized workshops on everything from job searches to resume writing to teaching parents how to assert their authority over their children. Its volunteers scour the surrounding cities of Ashkelon and Ashdod to try to encourage businesses to employ the residents. The volunteers, who sleep on bare mattresses in an afterschool homework center they organized for elementary school children, also organized a community center and clubhouses for teenagers. When they tried to bring in a mobile home for a pizzeria, the Defense Ministry refused to allow it. Only Ministry contractors can bring in mobile homes – even though each mobile home, for no apparent reason, costs the taxpayers NIS 400,000 and the mobile home One Heart planned to bring in cost only NIS 120,000.
As the residents sink into impoverishment, someone is apparently getting rich at Nitzan. It would be interesting to know how the contracts were awarded.
INCOMPETENCE alone doesn’t explain the Sharon-Peres government’s treatment of the refugee population that it senselessly created. Today the refugees still want, most of all, to build new communities that will allow them to stay together with the people they have lived with all their lives. But while Sharon and Peres and Ehud Olmert grandly discuss plans to develop the Negev and Galilee, these people, who want to develop both, are shunted aside and left to disintegrate.
In its systematic demonization and criminalization of the Israelis of Gaza that preceded their expulsions, the government seemed to be begging for these people – who heroically withstood some 6,000 mortar and rocket attacks, thousands of shootings and hundreds infiltration attempts on their communities over the past five years – to do something that would prove their deprecators right. When these patriots left peacefully, deciding not to disengage from their country, Sharon and his spinmeisters were left with their tongues hanging out. The brutal indifference with which the refugees are treated today seems tinged with more than a slight hint of vindictiveness.
“Perhaps the most terrible thing about Nitzan,” Tzur says, “is that we at One Heart have so much work to do here. We’re just a bunch of students. Why are we necessary?”
But there’s the rub. For the past 12 years the governments of Israel have been playing poker with our lives and well-being by granting land, guns and legitimacy to terrorists. The only thing that has kept this country going is the fact that the Israeli people have refused to collapse.
Once again, the vacuum created by government negligence, incompetence and vindictiveness is being filled by private citizens. One day, perhaps we will have a government that is worthy of us. In the meantime, we have no choice but to work around those who are elected and paid to serve us.
November 25 , 2005
PA admits Jewish towns turned into ‘training camps‘
Follows WND story; former Gaza capital now Hamas terror zone
By Aaron Klein
FROM WND’S JERUSALEM BUREAU
© 2005 WorldNetDaily.com
JERUSALEM – The Palestinian Authority admitted in an official document published today parts of Gush Katif, the former Jewish communities of Gaza, are now “training camps” for terror groups.
In an exclusive story last week, WND reported Hamas has turned Neve Dekalim, the former capital of Gush Katif, into a “martyrs training camp,” and has used the territory to fire rockets into Israel.
An official dossier of Yousef’s schedule released today by the Interior Ministry states, “The Minister Nasser Yousef toured the newly liberated areas of Gaza, parts of which are used by the Palestinian groups as training camps.”
Earlier this month officials placed barbed wire around Neve Dekalim, as well as signs posted in Arabic which describe the neighborhood as a “closed military zone.”
Senior Hamas sources told WND the group transformed Dekalim into a “military training camp for martyrs,” boasting that several Qassam rockets have been fired from the former Jewish capital into nearby Israeli Negev towns.
Hamas has taken credit for Israel’s Gaza withdrawal and has become a formidable force in the area. It swept local municipal elections, and analysts expect the terror group to do well in upcoming Palestinian parliamentary elections.
Mahmoud al-Zahar, Hamas chief in Gaza, told WND in an exclusive interview last month “that our martyr operations caused Israel to withdraw from Gaza is the truth and the reality. … [Martyr operations] are the option that the great majority of our people, except a minority of opportunistic people, is deeply convinced is the best choice because any negotiation with the occupiers will be helpless and will not bring back to the Palestinians any of their rights and it will not free their lands.”
Al-Zahar warned Hamas would launch terror attacks to drive Israel from the West Bank and ultimately from the entire Jewish state.
Since the Gaza withdrawal, more than 100 rockets have been fired from Gaza into Israeli Negev towns. Israel says Palestinian groups are transferring rocket technology and heavy weaponry to Judea and Samaria.
Neve Dekalim was the largest town in Gaza’s Gush Katif slate of Jewish communities. Prior to Israel’s withdrawal, the neighborhood regularly was bustling with Jewish residents dining, shopping and going to work. It contained Katif’s industrial zone, government buildings and some of the largest synagogues and stores in the area. Housing was tight, with a total of 467 units in the neighborhood filled by Jewish families who moved in from throughout Israel and across the world.
WND’s story last week of a Hamas terror camp in their former city saddened Jewish residents who had been expelled from the area.
Dror Venunu, former director of the Gush Katif Development Fund and a Dekalim resident, told WND, “This is the ultimate insult. I didn’t have one illusion the Palestinians would use our town to build something good. We warned about this to the Israeli population, that giving Gush Katif will reward all the terror organizations. Still, to hear where my home once stood is now a Hamas terror camp is very difficult and sickening. This is like making a holy place into total filth.”