Gush Katif Children´s Video: My Lost Home (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Chana Ya´ar 05/30/12)
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Children from Gush Katif star in a new children´s movie that teaches
about the Israeli communities of Gaza destroyed in August 2005. The
film, created by the Katif Center in Nitzan, includes a number of
songs by Ariella Savir.
"This video is a symbol of great faith,” affirms Rabbi Yigal
Kaminetsky, who was a leading rabbi in the now-destroyed Gush Katif
"We continue to have faith. Difficulty is something we need to
struggle with. Difficulty is a test, and its purpose is to lift man
higher... We can see the settlements of Gush Katif residents
throughout the region, and this is a bright side,” he added.
The first Jewish settlement in the region of Gush Katif actually took
place during the time of the Hasmoneans, as one learns when visiting
the Gush Katif Museum in Jerusalem.
The museum was founded to tell the story of Jewish settlement in Gaza
and its history up to the time of the expulsion of Jews from Gush
Katif and northern Samaria. It is recommended for children older than
This year marks the seventh since the residents of Gush Katif were
forced from their businesses and homes. Many were given compensation
payments for their homes, but were left jobless and with their things
in storage for years at a time. Moreover, they were forced to
continue paying mortgages on homes that were destroyed, as well as
having to pay for typical day-to-day expenses such as food, school
supplies and other necessities of life.
It took years for the expellees to receive the money with which they
were to rebuild their lives. When it was received, it was spent on
survival; most were jobless for years, and still had no new permanent
homes. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 05/30/12)
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