The Expulsion From Gush Katif

Gush Katif Resource to educate and enlighten

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.

If you would like any further information on the book or this site, please contact pr@southernhillspress.com

 

 
 
 
 

 

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  1. Sanford Silverstein said

    I read that the residents of Gush Katif were offered money for their homes, businesses and belongings that they would be forced to leave behind. This offer was made when the withdrawal was first publicized. What percentage of the residents took the monetary offer and left before the forced expulsion of the remainder of the settlers? What was the average monetary settlement?

    Sandy Silverstein

    • Yehudit said

      Hi Sandy, I am only seeing your questions now, a year later, as we approach 6 years since the pullout. I don’t have exact figures for your questions, but I do know that a small minority of people left before the forced removal. There are numerous factors to this, but I think the main reason was because there was such a strong sense of community there that hardly anyone wanted to be broken up. One of my co-workers recently told me, “my neighbors in Gush Katif were more my family than my own family.” They wished to stay together, and you can still see this community feeling where the families currently live in their temporary homes.

      Regarding actual money, you can read some of the actual government decisions here (English): http://jobkatif.org.il/english/about/background/government-reports/

      The monetary settlements severely undervalued their assets, and portions of the compensation were conditional on them building permanent homes. Moreover, many families had to use whatever semblance of compensation monies for basic living expenses for the past 6 years, seeing as they had a very hard time finding stable work again.

      -Yehudit, JobKatif (www.jobkatif.org)

  2. Bertrand Ouimet said

    I think the people responsible for this terrible thing should be kicked out of their own homes.

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