Panel to probe handling of evacuees


JERUSALEM (JTA) — A committee was appointed to investigate the handling of the resettlement of Gush Katif evacuees.

The committee, headed by retired Supreme Court Justice Eliyahu Matza, also will make recommendations for their resettlement, as well as look at the state of the evacuees’ employment and welfare situation.

A recent report of Israel’s state comptroller criticized the authorities charged with resettling and assisting the evacuees, who were evicted from their homes in August 2005 when Israel unilaterally left the Gaza Strip.

According to the report, some 95 percent of evacuated families who wished to be resettled with their neighbors remain in temporary housing.  

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