Sunday, June 19, 2011

GUSH KATIF - A chapter in the story of Israel

In my opinion, the most interesting stand at the book fair 2011: 
The settlers who were thrown out of Gush Katif in 2005.

 Photos: Miriam Woelke

In August 2005, the Expulsion from Gush Katif in the Gaza Strip took place and former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon did his utmost to get the Jewish settlers out in order to return the Gush to the Palestinians in Gaza. The Israeli government expected peace but the opposite has been taking place. The Hamas took over and has been firing rockets and missiles onto Israeli territory since.

Today almost all of us know that the expulsion was a big mistake. The Sharon government had promised a great deal of compensation to the settlers but not everything has been carried out. People lost their homes and their jobs. Until today, many settlers are suffering from a trauma of being thrown out of one’s own home and squeezed into temporary trailer homes.

The MERCAZ KATIF – KATIF CENTER was established in Nitsan, located between Ashdod and Ashkelon. The Center is offering tours in Hebrew and English documenting the history of the Disengagement Plan of 2005 and the uprooting of 21 thriving communities. Furthermore, the tour will lead you to the present housing of former Gush Katif inhabitants who also guide the tour.

The KATIF CENTER offers different tours. From two hours to an entire day. 

If anyone is interested, please book in advance. For reservations call Orit Berger 054 – 5953953 or

Available in ENGLISH & HEBREW:

Further Links:

Photos from Gush Katif


  1. Here is a 14-minutes documentary about the moving disengagment and the Divine retribution on all those who were involved in the disengagment from Gush Katif.

    It is from SOS-Israel, an organization founded and led by Rabbi Sholom Dov Wolpo, a Chabad Rabbi.

    The documentary can be downloaded on SOS-Israel website:

  2. B"H

    Thanks a lot for the video. However, I have to say that I don't necessarily agree with the statement that Ariel Sharon was punished due to Gush Katif. Just look at his successor Ehud Olmert who turned out being much worse than Sharon.

  3. Both of them put our people in a dangerous situation. They shoudl never forget that the Jewish people is not theirs, but to G-d.