Inquiry: Gaza settlers 'refugees in their own country'

June 15, 2010 14:40

The State Commission of Inquiry into the Handling by the Authorized Authorities of the Evacuees from Gush Katif and Northern Samaria reported on Tuesday, saying that the government had "failed in its handling of the settlers."

The report says the settlers "became refugees in their own country" and "faced major bureaucratic hurdles" in rebuilding their lives. The inquiry also blamed the settlers for failing to properly cooperate with the agency set up to care for them.  The report warned that Israel may face similar resettlement challenges in the future.

The committee was headed by retired Supreme Court justice Eliahu Mazza and members included Dr. Shimon Ravid and Prof. Yedidya Stern.

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