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Archive for May, 2009

Decision to Reject Gush Katif Novel A “Mistake”

Posted by naomigrossman on May 26, 2009

When Shifra Shomron’s novel, Grains of Sand, which mirrors her experiences as a teenager during the Disengagement, was first suggested for the syllabus for English matriculation exams taken at Israeli schools, it was rejected out of hand. It did not even make it to the committee that decides which literary works should be studied. However, in response to a query by The Jerusalem Post, the Education Ministry admits that their hasty decision was a mistake.

To read The Jerusalem Post report on the issue, click here

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Lag B’Omer in Chomesh

Posted by naomigrossman on May 15, 2009

The Jewish community of Chomesh in Northern Samaria, which was forcibly evacuated during the Disengagement, was not forgotten this year. Lag B’Omer celebrations were held there this week, as reported by the JTA.

To read the report, click here.

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The Cost of Disengagement

Posted by naomigrossman on May 15, 2009

At the State Inquiry Commission into the situation of the expellees from Gush Katif, SELA head Tzvia Shimon painted a compassionate picture of an organization with limited resources that tried to help as far as it could. But representatives of the Committee of Gush Katif Residents told a very different story – of unemployment and many families who had to use their compensation money to live rather than to rebuild their homes, and an ongoing story of frustration and hardship.

To read an account from Haaretz of both sides of the story, click here.

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Inquiry Commission Finally Starts Work

Posted by naomigrossman on May 15, 2009

It’s been three years since the pullout from Gush Katif, and many of the expellees have not yet managed to rebuild their lives. It’s also taken this long for a commission of inquiry into the status of the former residents of Gush Katif to get going.

To read a ynet report on the commission, click here

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