Is the establishment of a Gush Katif Museum the final nail in its coffin? Or can it galvanize optimism and support for a Jewish return to Gush Katif?
Today I visited the Gush Katif Museum, 5 Shaare Tzedek Street, Jerusalem. I was curious. What's the message? What's the aim of this museum.
At first glance, I was happy that the very first thing you see is a timeline of the history of Jewish Gush Katif (Gaza) over thousands of years. Part of the government's
But there were problems. We didn't see any proof of the vibrant Jewish Life which existed in Gush Katif. There was much about the struggle about Disengagement when innocent Jews were thrown out of their homes and the government destroyed the beauty, the communities and gave the land to the Arab terrorists.
There were films of the soldiers crying as they did their "jobs." We could see them dragging people away. It's very upsetting, but as I said, there was no message about what was actually destroyed. I understand that many people lost photo albums when being exiled, but I'm sure there are enough albums to find pictures to make montages of daily life, centered around themes, like schools, holidays, etc.
The museum is small, but some of the limited space was wasted with artwork, paintings of little aesthetic or educational value. Much more could have been done with the area available.
When I looked at that little baby, I worried.
Will the timeline continue and include a Jewish return to Gush Katif? Or will Olmert's plan to turn 93% of Judea and Samaria into what Gush Katif is today? G-d forbid And G-d forbid facilitate the destruction of the Modern State of Israel?
A Gush Katif Museum can be a very positive tool to save our nation, but that doesn't seem to be its aim.