More than 8,500 Jewish residents were forcefully expelled from their homes in 25 towns and settlements in the Gaza Strip (including 16 settlements in the flourishing “Gush Katif” belt) and Northern Shomron in the summer of 2005, as part of the Israeli government’s ill-fated “Disengagement Plan.”
Av 10 was the deadline set by the governments for all Jews to leave their homes in these areas. Two days later, tens of thousands of soldiers and police officers began the forceful removal of the thousands who refused to leave willingly. The removal of all Jewish residents from Gush Katif and the Gaza Strip was completed by Av 17, and from Northern Samaria a day later. The army completed its withdrawal from these areas on the 8th of Elul, after bulldozing all the hundreds of homes and civic buildings in the settlements. The Jewish dead were disinterred and removed from the cemeteries. Only the synagogues were left standing.
The government’s hopes that the “disengagement” would open “new opportunities” in relations with the Palestinian Arabs were bitterly disappointed. No sooner had the last Israeli soldiers departed from the Gaza Strip that Arab mobs began looting, desecrating and tourching the synagogues. The vacated settlements became the staging grounds for terrorist attacks against Israel, including the unremitting rocket fire on the nearby Israeli town of Sederot and the cities and settlements of the Western Negev.
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People ask, “But how could you see good in the future when so much evil dominates—and it grows day by day?”
But such is the order of things: Darkness was placed in the world only to challenge light. As the light intensifies, the darkness thickens in defiance.
La gente pregunta: “¿Pero cómo puedes ver el bien en el futuro cuando domina tanto mal y crece día a día?”
Pero tal es el orden de las cosas: La oscuridad se colocó en el mundo solo para desafiar la luz. A medida que la luz se intensifica, la oscuridad se vuelve más desafiante.
“Hace 26 años sigue exactamente todo igual. Desde el 18 de julio de 1994, a las 9.53 de la mañana, el tiempo de la justicia está detenido. Cada 18 de julio es otra bomba. Cada mes, cada día, de estos 26 años que vivimos en impunidad, el asesinato se repite, el terrorismo gana la batalla y nuestra democracia no puede saldar una de sus deudas más vergonzantes”, afirmó Ariel Eichbaum, presidente de AMIA.
The destruction of Israeli settlements in the Gaza Strip as a result of the disengagement.
La destrucción de los asentamientos israelíes en la Franja de Gaza como resultado de la retirada.