Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Video Book Review, "Grains of Sand"

Grains of Sand, Shifra Shomron's excellent debut novel about the loss of her childhood home in Gush Katif's Neve Dekalim, written when she was just a teenager is reviewed here:

Disengagement will certainly be harshly judged by history.


Yonatan said...

It's harshly judged by the present also.

I can understand the wishes of peace, however, how long must we test the Creator of all?

Batya said...

Disengagement had nothing to do with peace. It was personal, against a segment of the Israeli population which couldn't be controlled by the Leftist Labor establishment. It was financial, because the old-time agriculture leaders were jealous.

Remember that it was unilateral. The Arabs weren't involved. Israeli politicians did it to injure Israeli citizens.

Keli Ata said...

I've been batting a thousand lately in my comments about Israel, so this could come across as entirely wrong.

Why does the word disengagement remind me so much of the word discorporated? That is, a separation of the body and soul? Is Israel being discorporated?? The body (land) being deparated from the soul (Hashem, Judaism, the people)?

Re the disengagement of 8000 Jews in 2005...Sharon surrendered. It was unilateral. That spells surrender in my book.

Releasing terrorists at the demands of Hamas, also surrender. It's not a war in which Israel lost. It's a war in which Israel is surrendering.

Keli Ata said...

Correction--the government surrendered, not the people.

Batya said...

The Arabs didn't ask for Gush Kush Katif. they already had Gaza.

Hadassa said...

The Arabs didn't ask for Gush Katif? They've been demanding it ever since the left-wing put it into their heads that Jews don't belong in the Gaza Strip. (Originally the Arabs welcomed the GK Jews as a source of income and agricultural knowledge.) But I agree with Batya's first statement. The demands of the Arabs we absolutely NOT the reason for the Disengagement. Peace was a word thrown around a bit because it sounded good.
Concerning the agricultural leaders, we should remember the meetings at the non-religious kibbutz - or is it a moshav - Nahallel. There is a group of non-religious agriculturalists that joined the struggle for Gush Katif and was very sorry to see the agricultural success of GK destroyed. They are, unfortunately, a minority.

Hadassa said...

How about a few words on the book?

Shifra has provided an important contribution to the memory of Gush Katif by writing one of the few works in English about GK worth reading - and the only novel.
The novel is a glimpse into the real life situations of GK that are no longer able to be visited, other than by the written word and video - and videos can't accomplish what literature can, or at least not in the same way: evoking emotions and raising thoughts. The novel lets us into Efrat's (the main character) mind. Following her, her family and her neighbors to the end of "Grains of Sand", is a valuable journey into the recent past.