Let's build together again
We are just now starting to recover, after these difficult weeks. So many
friends turned to us in those difficult times and tried to help.
How are we going to restore Haifa and the North?
his crisis has shown the problems of security and poverty .
We need help, ideas, volunteers, money and patience.
We are open to your suggestions
We had a meeting to discuss the problems and propose solutions with
some of the many organisations that helped a lot during the war.
We all were thankfull to all the French tourists who kept coming to
Israel this summer ( 5% cancelled because of the war, 10% more came
We will keep you updated about all the initiatives we hear about.
Haifa: Home destroyed in Second Lebanon War rebuilt
Home was destroyed by Hizbullah rocket that also killed
three people. After fighting government bureaucracy,
families gain new home. Haifa Mayor Yahav: The home
can be rebuilt, but the scar is forever etched in the soul of
the city and the families
For more than two years, the empty lot in the middle of
Caesarea Street stood as an open wound in the heart of the
Wadi Nisnas neighborhood in Haifa; a monument to both
a tragedy when during the Second Lebanon war, a rocket
hit a house killing three people and a monument to Israeli
bureaucratic red tape, which managed to drain the energy
of the families whose homes were destroyed.
As far as the city of Haifa is concerned, Sunday marked
the day when the war truly ended. The mayor of Haifa,
Yona Yahav, and the members of the Huri and Salum
families, inaugurated their new home, which was built
after a lot of red tape.
On the 6th of August, 2006, at around 19:30 pm, Hiafa
was attacked by a barrage of rockets launched by the
Hizbullah from southern Lebanon. The rockets landed in
various points throughout the city, including the lower city
of Haifa, the Hadar and Wadi Nisnas neighborhoods and
even the Carmel.
The rockets that landed in Wadi Nisnas claimed the lives
of Leviva Mazauwi, 67, Hana Hamamm, 62, and severely
injured Hamudi Salum 40, who died of his wounds a year
later. The same attack also claimed the life of Roni
Rubinski, aged 30, who was in the lower city of Haifa at
the time of the attack.
Both The Salum and Huri family homes were destroyed.
Nabila Huri, who resided in a nearby house at the time,
recreated the events of that day: "The alarm sounded at
around 19:30 pm. My mother and I entered the security
room, my father immediately followed. When the missiles
hit, I remember screaming, because the impact sounds
were close together and surrounded us.
"What I remember is the house falling down on us, we
were buried, my parents and I, under the rubble. There
was a lot of dust and it was extremely dark; we were like
that for about 40 minutes until I managed to find a hole in
the rubble. I stuck my hand out and waived it about with a
piece of clothing that I had found. My neighbors, along
with the rescue workers, saw me and pulled us out,"
After the families were rescued, it was discovered that they
were now homeless. Unlike other buildings that were
damaged during the war in Haifa and northern Israel, the
houses of the Huri and Salum families needed to be rebuilt
from the ground up.
"There was a lot of government bureaucracy," said Huri.
"There were problems with the budget, questions on what
we were allowed to build and what we couldn't build. It
took over a year, from the initial hit, before construction
started, and even then our problems continued. I hope now
that now our troubles really are over."
Haifa Mayor Yahav worked with the National Insurance
Institute on beginning the construction and helping the
families. He reminded the public that on the night of the
missile attacks he, along with the bishop of Haifa's
Christian community, arrived at the location of the missile
strike and the two closely followed the evacuation of those
who were injured.
Yahav also expressed sadness at the fact that Hamudi
Salum did not live to see this day. "Today the war is
finally over in Haifa. The physical part of the fighting is
done; the home can be rebuilt, but the scar is forever
etched in the soul of the city and the families," he said.
Nabila Huri added that "in the last two years we have met
a lot of people who wished to help us. Now I only hope
that there will be peace in this wonderful country. There
are many people from many nationalities who live here
and we deserve some peace."
ynet news, October 6 2008
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