If Arcadi Gaydamak’s strategy is to become the hero of Israeli philanthropy, he sure has my support. I fear that I am in danger of becoming the Gaydamak channel (should I rename my blog Gaydamania now?)
Gaydamak’s recent pledge of 90 million shekels ($23 million) to secure 600 Sderot homes is a great choice for someone with a lot of money wanting to make a difference and completely in keeping with Gaydamak’s philanthropic patterns.
The IDF Southern command reports that 1,200 Sderot homes are not yet secured, meaning that if the Red Alert were to sound that qassams were being fired, there would be no safe place within the home for people to run to.
When the plan of reinforcing homes and social structures was discussed over 20 years ago, it was considered too expensive, and an alternative investment was made in rocket systems to prevent the attacks.
Given Sderot’s low income status, which has fallen precipitously in recent months as the rockets continue to fall, it has been impossible for people to fortify their own homes. With the government turning a blind eye, Gaydamak’s executive decision to help Sderot residents plays a crucial role in maintaining the sanity and safety of this battered town.
- “Israeli Megaphilanthropist Arcadi Gaydamak Hits the Polls with Social Justice Party”
- “Larry Ellison Donates $500,000 to Sderot: Thanks, But Isn’t It the Job of the Government to Protect the People?”
- “Rockets Hit Sderot, Flame the Israeli Blogosphere” (My article at Global Voices Online)
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