Monday, November 07, 2005

Disengaged and Living in Yad Binyomin

Last week we went on our pilot trip, visiting communities across Israel, and trying to pick a place to live. The most disturbing place we found was a place called Yad Binyomin. It is currently hosting a community from Gaza, who are living in caravans while Yad Binyomin is being constructed.

Currently, there are no permanent houses in Yad Binyomin, although construction is underway as part of a plan to build about 700 homes there.

Unfortunately for those displaced from their homes in Gaza, almost none of them will be living in Yad Binyomin once the city is built. The reason - The government of Israel is planning on compensating Gaza residents with only the market value of their homes in Gaza. So while they may have lived in a beachfront mansion in Gaza, all they will be receiving from the goverment for their home is the $100,000 market value they could have received for selling their home, far less than what it cost to buy a house in Yad Binyomin.

I find it disgusting that the State of Israel could remove these people from their homes without offering a method for them to buy a home in Israel. The not-yet-built houses in Yad Binyomin are selling for about $265,000-$295,000. I would have liked to see the state pony up some kind of credit where the former Gaza resident can take the $100,000 they received for their home, buy a house, and have the state kick in the balance.

Truth be told, I don't know why anyone would spend that kind of money to live in Yad Binyomin. According to the realtor who showed us the community, the biggest selling point of Yad Binyomin is that it is near three major highways and they are planning on building a train station near the town.

Even so, the former residents of Gaza should have the opportunity to build and buy in that community.


Blogger Olah Chadasha said...

It's not as cut and dry as you make it out to be.

November 07, 2005 2:09 PM  
Blogger Air Time said...

maybe not. i'm just saying what I saw

November 07, 2005 2:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

and this is the country you are moving to voluntarily.
hey, theres no accounting for taste.
pity the little ones, though.

November 08, 2005 1:50 AM  
Blogger Jameel @ The Muqata said...

OC: Actually, the situation is alot worse than what AirTime saw. My yishuv is hosting familes now, and the pain they get from SELA is positively disgusting.

AT: We move here despite the government - its not their country, its OURS.

November 08, 2005 6:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey jam --

give it a break.
the govt is in fact a great thing. you may not agree with how certain aspects are run, but thats democracy for you.
and never forget -- most of the knesset served in the army, and were willing to take a bullet for eretz yisrael and am yisrael, yes, you too.
they dont want to destroy israel any more than you do. everyone just has a different perspective. respect, please! these people were living and building a country before it was remotely as comfortable as it is today when you can show up from america.

the current right-wing invective is horrible. it is destructive, destroys achdus, and leaves a bitter taste. what happened to all that ahava krap? only when they agree to your platform? gimme a break.
you want to oppose govt policy with all your heart and soul, go right ahead. just remember that we are all on the same side here.

the country is ours, and they are part of us. if you dont like it, change it. but accept the reality.


November 09, 2005 3:01 PM  
Blogger Olah Chadasha said...

Wow, anon. That's the first smart thing I've heard you say.

November 10, 2005 9:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

nice try oc.

thats the 'other' anon.

November 10, 2005 2:42 PM  

Post a Comment

<< Home