Israel Grapples with Its Housing Crisis:
The New State's Number One Problem
MY GOLDEN dream fulfilled Would be a small table,” an immigrant in an Israeli camp told this writer. “For eight years we have eaten with thousands of others at long tables -four years in a concentration camp, three in a DP camp, now a camp in Israel. My children have never known what a home is.”
In that camp alone there were 5,000 victims of Israel’s housing problem. In Europe or America the housing problem means overcrowding or slums. To Israel’s immigrants, it means homelessness and idling in camps for months; it means sharing a tent with eight others, standing in a long line three times a day for a meal. It means the steady deterioration of ambition and hope on perhaps the most inspiring frontier in the world.
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