Thursday, August 5, 2010


by Sara Layah Shomron

It has been 5 years since the uprooting, expulsion and destruction of Gush Katif.

There seems to be a glitch on the radar screen of major mass media news coverage concerning the former Gush Katif residents' plight and current situation. In order to remedy this I have finally discovered Facebook and am finding it an amazing vehicle to connect with people worldwide.

The "Gush Katif - historical fiction novel” Facebook page is now up and running with the aim to increase public awareness by providing a more personal look at former Gush Katif residents via select youtube videos and pertinent news articles. This Facebook page will also provide a forum to engage in relevant discussion, announce Gush Katif events, and encourage organizing Gush Katif Od Chai awareness events.

What was it like living in Gush Katif before the summer of 2005 is featured on this Facebook page via youtube videos of the historically accurate, fictional novel “Grains Of Sand The Fall Of Neve Dekalim” by Shifra Shomron (Mazo Publishers).

What has life been like since the summer of 2005 for Gush Katifers is seen on this Facebook page through select news articles and youtube videos. These videos allow people to go behind the major media news coverage and get a more intimate look and better understanding of the issues still being grappled with 5 years later. I encourage you to leave a comment on the Facebook page after watching a video.

Let your voice be heard on the page's Discussion section. Let’s engage! The first Discussion topic: your thoughts about 5 years later.

Please join and share this new Facebook page with interested others.


Netivotgirl said...

Kol ha'kavod that you've got this new venue up and running, Sarah Layla!!

Just today on "Kol Ba'ramah" radio the newsman mentioned that today was the sad anniversary of the removal of those buried in the Gush's cemetery for reburial.
The interviewer talked with Mrs. Gubi whose son from the elite Duvduvan unit was killed and moved for reburial 5 years ago.

Needless to say I'm sure that the Israel Broadcasting Authority made no mention of this horrific event.

You are a wonderful spokesperson and as the authorities have abandoned those whose homes were wrecked, all former residents of Gush Katif owe you a debt of gratitude for your efforts to keep the public aware and involved.

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Leah, Maaleh Adumim said...

yasher koach! very important!

Sara Layah said...

Netivotgirl and Leah:
Thank you so much for your support and encouragement in this endeavor!

A special thanks for the heads up about
Elchanon Gubi H'YD memorial. I haven't been able to find anything in the English language media about it - 5 years later. Must this coverage be lost to English speakers?

Anonymous said...

There is no glitch in Israeli media, they want the nation to forget about the EXPULSION, which they've whitewashed w/some mild term to sanitize the emotional impact just like massacres or terrorist attacks have become "pegu'im/bumpings into" & our wars are now called skirmishes & moderate condition really mean critical condition. 'Arutz 7 once documented this w/their own dictionary. Now it's in your power to use TRUE terms to accurately describe betrayals as well as behaviours of loyalty.