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Visitors arriving at the parking lot of Kibbutz Neve Yam, one of the poorest in Israel, are immediately struck by a bewildering sight: dilapidated homes, scattered amid uncultivated lawns and neglected trails, are sited next to a Porsche, BMW and Mercedes in the parking lot itself. The cars do not belong to the debt-ridden kibbutzniks at this coastal settlement near Atlit, south of Haifa. They belong to...