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Planning the Return to Gaza

by Yoni Kempinski and Nissan Ratzlav-Katz

( Two girls expelled from Gush Katif have taken it upon themselves to bring about the re-establishment of Gush Katif. They are joined by veteran settlement activist Avi Farhan. The scheduled date of return: September 8.

Starting to plan the return to Gush Katif
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Two girls who were expelled from Gush Katif in the 2005 Disengagement decided that they had enough of the neglect they and the other families expelled from their homes in Gaza have been facing. So they have decided to re-ignite the dream of returning to Gush Katif.

Avi Farhan, who was expelled twice – once from the Sinai community of Yamit in 1982 and then from northern Gaza in 2005 – joined the young activists on Wednesday to show them the way back to the demolished communities. The small group viewed the lands of what was Jewish Gaza from afar, examined maps together and discussed creating movement towards a return to the towns of Gush Katif.

“I want to commend the activity of the Gush Katif youth and this is the core that will eventually return to their homes. This is a message to the next generation they will continue to lead the struggle. We are not tired, we are with them but it is time to pass the torch over to the youth,” Farhan said.

The tour was a preparation for a larger event planned for the near future. “Join us at the Yad Mordechai junction on September 8th at four o’clock,” Farhan announced. “From there, we will reach Eli Sinai, Nisanit and Dugit, the northern Gush Katif communities. We are marking the day the IDF completed its retreat from Gush Katif, the day the synagogues were demolished and the graves were uprooted.”

Amalyah Avinoam, a former resident of Nisanit, told Israel National News: “We want to return home to the stability to what we are familiar with. We don’t want to live on a tightrope, we fall and get up and fall again. We want to return to building, its time to replant the seeds and return to life.”

Twenty-one Jewish communities in Gaza and four in northern Samaria were uprooted and destroyed in the August 2005 Disengagement. The abandoned territory in Gaza was turned over to the Palestinian Authority, which has been using the land for training terrorists and launching rockets at Jewish towns in the western Negev ever since. Many of the thousands of uprooted residents are still trying to put their lives together in terms of housing and employment.

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