from Naomi Ragen:
..... These people went from large, flourishing families in beautiful homes with thriving businesses to unemployed, homeless refugees. Families are being destroyed. Children are turning to drugs, parents are having heart attacks. And some teenagers have even been hospitalized in closed mental institutions.
You won't believe your eyes when you read the memo below, compiled by volunteers of All4Israel, a little, all-volunteer group that is working hard to alleviate some of the misery, work that should have been borne by our government and our major Jewish organizations and their well-paid directors.
SELA, with Mr. Yonatan Bassie at its head, who has personally profited by the disengagement (he owns farms that are now selling vegetables once exclusively grown in Gush Katif, he sold land to the government to house the refugees...) has been largely responsible all of this needless suffering. Every single one of those incompetents should be fired.
For shame, for shame for shame, for shame. I can't believe my government has turned its own people out of their homes and has made no provision for them. People who were the bravest of us all, who suffered the most during the Intifada. Who lost so many parents, children, rabbis. These beautiful, brave families, that no Arab terrorist onslaught could destroy, are being destroyed by their own callous government. And no one cares.
If you are a donor to any Jewish organization, please call them and ask why no emergency funds have been set up to help the Gaza refugees. Where are our priorities?
Zalman Indig (who kindly helped me take online donations for Rachel S., every penny of which he wired directly to Israel) is the head of All4Israel. Below, he shares information gathered by his volunteers in Israel.
.... The lists are pilling up, the stories are unbelievable. None of the large organizations we know of have helped them out. They rcvd from them sweaters and sweats, food packages or stoves but not real money. They are offered short term loans, but they are afraid to take them because they don't know when they'll be getting their compensation.
Here is a story you will love. One family has lived there for 29 years. They have asked them to produce 29 years back electricity bills. Who keeps such records? The family replied that the first few years they had generators anyway and the Electrical company doesn't keep such records. SO for now their compensation is tied up. One family has a soldier in the army. They had to supply proof that he was still living at home even though he was a soldier or he would not be included in the family compensation, so theyhad to bring photos of him with the family, in the house in uniform!!!
Should I go on? Any way I received this list, I thought maybe you can do something....
Family #1 - 6 children - husband died less than two months ago of sudden unpredicted heart attack . Two children elementary school age + soldier son-IDF service , others older recently began work very part time. Family faces many difficulties related to what happened
Family #2 -7 children - two in Yeshiva high school ,one in Midrasha .,two married . unemployed
Family #3 -11 children -one in Yeshiva HS + four in higher education institutes. Wife very recently began teaching part-time
Family #4 -7 children - one in elementary school, one in Yeshiva H.S., Four in universities, one in IDF service/ Husband is blind and wife very ill with Lupus disease.
Family #5 -6 children -two in elementary school, one in yeshiva H.S., one in Midrasha , one in college , one in national service.- recently began working part-time
Family #6 - 3 children in kindergarten and nurseries .Unemployed - seeking opportunity to rebuild farm business, organized temporary morning Kollel for unemployed men.
Family #7 - 3 children - one in elementary school, one in yeshiva H.S., one in IDF service. Husband suffers from limiting heart disease , wife from other health problems
Family #8 - 3 children - serious health problems -unemployed
Family #9 - one parent family -two in IDF service --three in Universities, God willing will have expense of wedding for daughter in month of Adar . Unemployed.
Family #10 - one-parent family -two young children -- mother studying in Higher education. unemployed.
Family #11 - 6 children - two in elementary school--one in high school.. unemployed (wife may start working next week part-time).
Family #12 + 5 children - one in Kindergarten, one in elementary school, one in Yeshiva High school , two in IDF service, unemployed
Family #13 -one parent family- + 8 children -one in Yeshiva H.S.-one in Yeshiva Gevoha, 5 in universities. -unemployed
To help these families, please visit & put "For families of Gush Katif" in the comments field.
Or mail your checks to:
53 Dewhurst St.
Staten Island, NY 10314
I can't help but say it. THIS SHOULD NEVER HAVE HAPPENED IN THE FIRST PLACE. Giving tzedaka will help in the immediate, but all the dollars in the world can't right this wrong. It was a complete collapse of what it means to be a Jew. Anyone with eyes in their head can see that the Disengagement was not from the Arabs, to whom we are still making concessions; we, the Jewish people, disengaged from these families. And we'll do it again -Gd forbid- when the police, soldiers, cages and bulldozers come to Judea and Samaria... because no doubt they'll want their "West Bank" Jew-free as well. And there seems to be nothing we won't give the Arabs if they say they want it.
Absolutely, send a generous check, but don't think for a moment that it comes anywhere near being restitution. It's guilt money, plain and simple, because we just sat and watched it happen.
... and they'll probably despise having to take it.