More than five years have passed since the Disengagement from Gush Katif, which saw the destruction of a community and the division of a nation, and the effects of this policy are as present as ever. Many of the people that were expelled from their homes are still living in temporary accomodation and many are yet to receive the funds that the government originally promised them. The expulsion has had ongoing social, economic, environmental, and emotional effects upon all those involved, and there are many more untold ramifications. Additionally, Israel has been greatly affected in a military sense, as seen from the increased Kassam rocket bombardments upon southern cities, particularly in Sderot and, recently, Ashkelon. The tragedy that continues to play out in all these areas is wide ranging and heartbreaking, yet not that much has been documented for the English community. We have therefore decided to compile a book of factual accounts and memories written by those at the forefront of the disengagement – the key players in the movement surrounding the expulsion from Gush Katif. These contributors include: journalists, authors, political analysts, and religious figures, as well as most importantly, those directly affected, the people who lived in Gush Katif and were forced from their homes during that fateful summer of 2005.
The book includes a background, history, personal accounts section, and a description of the aftermath of the Disengagement. We are hoping that this book will be used as a resource tool for people trying to obtain comprehensive information, as well as opening the eyes of many to the personal ramifications of the Disengagement and the effects it had.
To run alongside this book, we would like this blog to serve as a discussion and informative resource for people wanting to obtain information, understand the situation more and to share their feelings on what happened, both in terms of the actual situation and its aftereffects.
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