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Arabs for Arabs

Arabs for Arabs

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750 housing units were built for Arab families who lost their home during Israeli military operations in 2004 and 2005. The units were built as part of a $20 million re-housing Saudi-funded project managed by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Arab refugees (UNRWA).

The construction cost of $27 thousand per housing unit is not bad at all. If we assume that there about 100 thousand families in the Gaza Strip living in refugee camp conditions, it should cost $2.7 billion to house all of them in one of these lovely looking buildings. That’s less than what the Saudis earn in a week (a day?).

The waiting starts… now.

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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