The Director of Social Services in the Binyamin Regional Council has warned in a professional opinion that the Amona families are in danger of falling apart as a result of the trauma of February's forced evacuation.
Educational Psychologist Dr Hanoch Yeras determined in a written
opinion that if no permanent housing for the Amona evacuees is provided
soon, the results will be disastrous. Yeras will present his findings at
a hearing Thursday that the Civil Administration will hold regarding
whether to grant building permits for Amichai, which is slated house
former Amona residents.
The residents of Amona have been living without permanent housing ever since they were expelled from Amona in Feburary 2017. They currently live in Ofrah's Field School, in crowded conditions with little privacy.
The Binyamin Social Services found that "despite the preparation of
the residents, the evacuation was sudden and traumatic. Families left
homes in which they lived for many years and had to adapt to
alternative, irregular and different housing arrangements."
"Families have been living in overcrowded and overcrowded rooms for
over six months, with no normal family time, and the impact on their
family functioning is evident. Many of the children have dropped out of
school, and the schooling of the children who have not dropped out has
The document went on to list the different ways the residents are
getting professional help. "The sudden changes and emotional states of
the parents led to many of their children experiencing emotional
problems, such as the difficulty in regulating emotions, anxiety attacks
and symptoms of PTSD."
It continued to say that "many of Amona's children are undergoing
therapy. The evacuation caused a severe identity crisis among the
children, which is manifested in problematic behaviors such as drug and
The head of the Social Services Department identified serious
problems among the adults as well. "There was a sharp rise in marital
problems, and we are afraid that the families will disintegrate" he
said. "Due to emotional difficulties, a number of residents were fired
from their jobs and there was also a fear of suicide among residents."
The document stressed that it was urgent to move the Amona residents
to a permanent home. "We find that it is extremely important to move the
families to permanent homes quickly. "In light of past research done on
the Gush Katif expellees who emphasized the importance of the community
as a significant part of the rehabilitation and mental well-being of
those that were expelled, it is important to find a permanent and stable
home for the evacuated residents of Amona."
A new town called Amichai was slated to be built as part of an
agreement the residents struck with the government, but the state has
dragged its feet in building it. The project has been mired in
bureaucracy, with multiple work stoppages due to budget deficits. On
Friday, work resumed on Amichai after more than a month of inaction due to a budget shortfall with the Interior Ministry.
Amona Spokesperson Avichai Boaron said that the state needed to do
more for the residents after destroying their lives, comparing them to
soldiers that returned from battle. "They sacrificed their best years of
their lives setting up a new village, which the State of Israel sent
them to do. We will carry the scars of the evacuation and the
destruction of our life's work carried on our bodies and souls for the
rest of our lives."
"There is one thing that the state needs to do to dull the pain and
rectify this njustice - the state must remove all the barriers that are
stopping the Amichai's establishment. We want to rebuild our lives," he
Ihmettelen vain miksi tämän kylän väkeä ei siirretty kokonaisuudessaan esim Galileaan, jossa on runsaasti tilaa rakentaa uusikin kylä, ja sijainti on lapsille koulunkäynnin suhteen edullisemmassa rauhallisessa miljöössä. Ei heidän tarvitse olla alaikäisiä pioneereja autiomaassa, kun valtio on jo valmis-ja maa on toisin paikoin helpommin viljelyskelpoista kuin 2000 vuotinen kiveksi palanut autiomaan kalliopinta benjaminissa ja osassa Juudeaa- sellainen sopii nuorille aikuisille pioneereille, mutta lapsille se on kovin rankkaa elämää, koska se on vanhempien valitsema vaihtoehto ja on todellakin valita maa joka vuotaa maitoa ja mettä- sille ikäluokalle.