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Terrorism-Stricken Gush Katif Family Denied Compensation

(99 percent of the time I write my own pieces but sometimes well there's nothing more to add and some things people must see for themselves.)

(Arutz 7)

"Eliezer and Chana Bart lived in the Gush Katif community of Kfar Darom for over 18 years until they and their eight children were thrown out in accordance with Prime Minister Sharon's disengagement/expulsion plan. They have now been informed that as far as the government is concerned, they are not eligible for compensation.

Chana was paralyzed in the lower half of her body in a terrorist shooting attack in 2002, and has been confined to a wheelchair ever since. Two years later - a day after Sharon's bombshell announcement of his plan to throw the 8,000 Jews of Gaza out of their homes - Chana and Eliezer celebrated the brit [ritual circumcision] of their week-old son. They named him Amichai [My Nation Lives] Yisrael.

The scene of Chana carrying her baby to the brit in a wheelchair marked a poignant moment in Gush Kaif history, and was immortalized in films prior to the expulsion.

"The government is relating to us as if we were not expelled from Gush Katif," Eliezer told Arutz-7's Amatzia HaEitan. "This means that we're not receiving compensation for our house, or for the years we lived there, or rent money for the two years following the expulsion, moving expenses, etc."

On what basis has the Disengagement Authority made this determination? Bart explained:
"In Nov. 2003, just after the major bomb attack on the bus in which Miri Amitai and Gabi Biton were killed [and the three Cohen children lost limbs - ed.], we and some other families moved into new houses, adding some security to Kfar Darom by pushing the fence back a little to the south. The government claims that our house was not on recognized land - and therefore it's as if we didn't live there.

"However, the fact is that when we moved in, we had talks with the Arab neighbors in order to buy the land - I was one of those who had the merit of dealing with it - and in the end, we bought the land legally and received title to the land, as well as all the necessary permits and authorizations to build there. We gave all the papers to the Disengagement Authority - but the problem is that their approach is negative, always looking how not to pay and how to find clauses by which not to pay us. They never explained why the papers we gave them are not relevant, but it doesn't matter; we lived in Kfar Darom over 18 years, our 8 children were born there, and we were thrown out...

"The house at issue was planned according to the exact specifications of my wife Chana's needs, with wide doors for the wheelchair and the counters at the right height, etc."

MK Rabbi Yitzchak Levy (National Union) wrote a personal letter to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, strongly asking that he intervene personally in the Bart case. "The abuse of the Bart family must be stopped immediately," Levy wrote, "as well as of the other families. I ask you to correct this injustice immediately."

Eliezer said that the houses that were built across from him do not face the same problem, "as they were built on state-owned lands known as the King's Way, on which the Tel Aviv-Cairo train tracks were once located."

Eliezer repeated the charge heard by others who were thrown out of Gush Katif: "It's a terrible feeling to see respected and well-educated people sitting on the Disengaement Authority committee, yet they have no heart. They simply treat us coldly and with great hostility... On a personal level, we invested all the money that we had - the money we received for the injuries caused to Chana, and many loans, in order to help our family live."

The Disengagement Authority can be faxed at 02 (or +972 from abroad) 652-9217. For those who cannot fax, email is second-best: "sela@sela.pmo.gov.il"


  1. I am more amazed by people that are amazed by this.
    What did people expect?
    Olmert and his pals are bad men.
    They do not like Israel as much as they like the money they get from the "nations"(translate that to ivrit) and that money is driving them.
    Their policies are not because they are naive or because they really believe they can make peace.
    Their policies are bought and paid for.
    They will do whatever they can to drive Jews from Israel permanently.
    That is the goal.

  2. My email is on the way.

    Shame on the government for further abusing a family that has already suffered unspeakably. Omert needs to intercede on their behalf immediately.

    This column should be reprinted by ever major daily (newspaper) around the world that tried to placate the world about the forced expulsion. Every liberal reporter who tried to assure the world that the religious Jews forced from their homes would be okay and well compensated with that phantom $300,000 needs to recant and tell the story of this family.

    How many atrocities and injustices can these people endure? It's horrible. Just horrible.

  3. Is there seriously anything on the planet more evil than Olmert and his government?

  4. Just pondering (with the realization that there are inherent dangers in interpreting single verses out of context) but this Jew against Jew phenomena in Israel has me wondering about something in the book of Ezekiel 34 about
    G-d judging between cattle and cattle; fat cattle from lean cattle.

    Metaphor for what we're seeing in Israel today?

  5. Keli, yes Hashem judges between those who know the truth but pervert it for others. Who drink up the good water and pollute the rest for the people, who eat til they are fat off the land and leave the dregs for the rest.
    Both governmental and ,religious leadership have done this.

    Knowing the truth, they subvert it and hide it and feed junk to the people both politically and religiously.
    But read further.. as for YOU my people...even among the people are the more learned ones who, knowing the truth, hold it back for one reason or another.
    There is a lot of answering that will be done.

    'Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and say unto them, even to the shepherds: Thus saith the Lord GOD: Woe unto the shepherds of Israel that have fed themselves! should not the shepherds feed the sheep?

    34:3 Ye did eat the fat, and ye clothed you with the wool, ye killed the fatlings; but ye fed not the sheep.

    34:4 The weak have ye not strengthened, neither have ye healed that which was sick, neither have ye bound up that which was broken, neither have ye brought back that which was driven away, neither have ye sought that which was lost; but with force have ye ruled over them and with rigour.

    34:5 So were they scattered, because there was no shepherd; and they became food to all the beasts of the field, and were scattered.

    34:6 My sheep wandered through all the mountains, and upon every high hill, yea, upon all the face of the earth were My sheep scattered, and there was none that did search or seek.

    34:7 Therefore, ye shepherds, hear the word of the Lord:

    34:8 As I live, saith the Lord GOD, surely forasmuch as My sheep became a prey, and My sheep became food to all the beasts of the field, because there was no shepherd, neither did My shepherds search for My sheep, but the shepherds fed themselves, and fed not My sheep;

    34:9 therefore, ye shepherds, hear the word of the Lord:

    34:10 Thus saith the Lord GOD: Behold, I am against the shepherds; and I will require My sheep at their hand, and cause them to cease from feeding the sheep; neither shall the shepherds feed themselves any more; and I will deliver My sheep from their mouth, that they may not be food for them.

    34:11 For thus saith the Lord GOD: Behold, here am I, and I will search for My sheep, and seek them out.

    34:12 As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are separated, so will I seek out My sheep; and I will deliver them out of all places whither they have been scattered in the day of clouds and thick darkness.

    34:13 And I will bring them out from the peoples, and gather them from the countries, and will bring them into their own land; and I will feed them upon the mountains of Israel, by the streams, and in all the habitable places of the country.

    34:14 I will feed them in a good pasture, and upon the high mountains of Israel shall their fold be; there shall they lie down in a good fold, and in a fat pasture shall they feed upon the mountains of Israel.

    34:15 I will feed My sheep, and I will cause them to lie down, saith the Lord GOD.

    34:16 I will seek that which was lost, and will bring back that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick; and the fat and the strong I will destroy, I will feed them in justice.

    34:17 And as for you, O My flock, thus saith the Lord GOD: Behold, I judge between cattle and cattle, even the rams and the he-goats.

    34:18 Seemeth it a small thing unto you to have fed upon the good pasture, but ye must tread down with your feet the residue of your pasture? and to have drunk of the settled waters, but ye must foul the residue with your feet?

    34:19 And as for My sheep, they eat that which ye have trodden with your feet, and they drink that which ye have fouled with your feet.

    34:20 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD unto them: Behold, I, even I, will judge between the fat cattle and the lean cattle.

    34:21 Because ye thrust with side and with shoulder, and push all the weak with your horns, till ye have scattered them abroad;

    34:22 therefore will I save My flock, and they shall no more be a prey; and I will judge between cattle and cattle.

    34:23 And I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, even My servant David; he shall feed them, and he shall be their shepherd.

    34:24 And I the Lord will be their God, and My servant David prince among them; I the Lord have spoken.

  6. Anonymous7/1/07

    Poor Yonatan Bassi has to leave his home? He'll get no pity for me. He should move to a paper caravilla - but them it would be too good for him...


  7. filth like him have no doubt been fully compensated for their crimes


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