Why Gush Katif Became Rubble?
Not one more Gush Katif; the story of the Friends of Migron.
There was a time when I did not understand the ambiguous policy of the government of Israel. Then I also did not know much about the Jewish pioneering in Gaza, Judea and Samaria. I am not to blame, I am a Jewess living in the United States.
In 2004, as each year, I attended the Independence Day of Israel Festival, an event that takes place, each year, in Los Angeles. There I met a bunch of orange shirt wearers who introduced me to Gush Katif and the expulsion and destruction it was facing. Of course I signed the petition and in my mind I thought, the government of Israel simply cannot do such an evil deed; Jews simply do not expel other Jews from their homes and make them homeless overnight; these Jewish pioneers will remain to live where they are after all and all will be hunky-dory and good.
How wrong I was.
Petitions Did Not Stop Forced Disengegement
The videos that were filmed and published during the Gush Katif expulsion were horrendous and hard to watch. The violence the Israeli military used, the vicious destruction of beautiful homes and synagogues was hard to believe, but it did. Flourishing and profitable communities vanished overnight as if a tsunami came ashore and washed them all away. Gush Katif became rubble.
Did Israel gain anything positive from the disengagement, as Ariel Sharon promised she would? Yes [sic], thousands of rockets and mortars were fired into Israel since, causing fear and chaos and even injuries and death. Yes, millions of dollars more were and are spent to fight the terrorist enclave Gaza and to keep the citizens of Israel safe.
To me, the unilateral disengagement from Gaza was a total failure. More so, it forced me to use a repulsive new terminology, a "Jewish Pogrom," Jews vandalizing other Jews, Jews expelling other Jews.
The anti-Semitic Russians of the Kishinev Pogrom that took place on April 6-7, 1903 were laughing in their graves. We are now exonerated they would have said if they were alive; if Jews can do it to other Jews, surely it is acceptable that non-Jews, who hate Jews, can do the same.
Special Covenant Fulfilled Over Six Days In 1967
In 1967, in a brilliant and rather miraculous military operation that will be part of warfare studies in military schools, Israel gained territories she lost in her 1948 War of Independence, i.e. Gaza Strip, gained from Egyptian control, Judea and Samaria gained from Jordanian control, and some land on the Golan Heights, gained from Syrian control. Israel became a country from the [Jordan] River to the [Mediterranean] Sea, just as God promised.
As the Bible tells us, in a special Covenant between God and man, in this alliance, God has given Abraham and his seed after him a divine promise that cannot be waived. Genesis Chapter 15: On that that day God made a Covenant with Avram saying, to your seed, I give this land, from the river of Egypt, to the big river, the Euphrates River ... "
Gush Katif, meaning, Harvest Bloc, was a bloc of seventeen Israeli communities in the Gaza Strip in southern Israel. Late Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin emphasized the fact that Gush Katif was essential to Israel's security border. Ariel Sharon did not care what Rabin said; he had his agenda that he was going to force on the nation through lies and deception.
Gush Katif was not the only place Jews settled after the 1976 Six Day War victory.
With the stamp of approval from the Government of Israel, Jews began settling in their ancient land in Judea and Samaria as well. However instead of making this land a natural part of Israel's sovereignty, Israel chose to exclude it and maintained the territory under military control and law. In other words, no matter that Judea and Samaria is a mighty important territory to Israel's security, it could fall victim to another unilateral disengagement, just like Gush Katif did.
Today, forty-five years after the Six Day War, there are approximately 300,000 Jews living in Judea and Samaria; in other words, should such expulsion take place, it means, approximately 35 times the size of Gush Katif expulsion. Who can tolerate that? I cannot!
To add more fuel to the fire, in 1993, in the Oslo Accords, the government of Israel came up with a new, not at all smart idea: to give the Arabs land, in Judea and Samaria, to establish their own country Palestine. Israel also conceded to their newly acclaimed name "Palestinians" thus giving birth to a new Arab nation that never existed before. Though the Arabs consider all of the state of Israel to be "their" Palestine, Israel thought that by conceding to such Arab state idea, the Arabs will get off their goal to conquer all of Israel's land, expel [or kill] all Jews and bring to an end the Zionist enterprise. How wrong in her thinking Israel was again. By signing the Oslo Accords, Israel conceded to a new onslaught and warfare, political, media, diplomatic and intellectual terrorism the Arabs launched on her.
Learning the lessons from Gush Katif, seeing how the Supreme court, the Defense Ministry and even the Prime Minister's office act when it comes to the Jews living in Judea and Samaria, one can only predict, with trepidation, that more government wickedness is being prepared for their constituent Jews. Knowing that the Government of Israel cannot be trusted, after all they lied in their promises to the nation in order to convince the people that Gush Katif destruction will yield good, precautions must be taken.
With its fickleness, the government of Israel has created a new, but dark history, of approving and then destroying communities in Judea and Samaria. One to mention is the notorious and violent expulsion of Jews from Amona, a community that was once part of Mateh Binyamin.
The Amona pogrom:
But harsh reality made me understand that surprises may come, and soon.
The expulsion from Gush Katif was a shock to the nation, more so, a shock to me. A repeat of such action is unacceptable.
With the clear view that the policy of the Israeli Defense Ministry is biased regarding Jews living in Judea and Samaria, I see the much spoken-about case of the community of Migron a time bomb, ready to explode.
Migron, founded in 1999 in Samaria-Shomron, with full approval and support of the government of Israel, is a community of 50 families with over 300 Jewish souls, and is now in danger of destruction.
The anti-Israel, pro-Arab-"Palestinians" organization Peace Now searched and found some Arabs who can come forward to claim that they owned the land, with absolutely no proof. Using their standard approach to harassing Israelis and the legal system of Israel, Peace Now went to the High Court of Israel and made the claim to the land on behalf of the Arabs. The court then ordered the community of Migron to be evacuated on the 1st August 2012.
Early in April 2012, a friend from Australia, who was greatly involved in petitioning against the destruction and evacuation of Gush Katif, asked me if I will be part of a global petition to save Migron.
Reading reliable legal opinion that Migron has the full legal right to remain where it is, I did what any good Jew do, I said yes. I became involved in the petition campaign to save Migron, because the battle for Migron is very important, as the fate of Migron is the harbinger of the fate of the 300,000 Jews living in Yehuda and Shomron-Judea and Samaria.
Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day, when we Jews, stand in silence for the duration of the siren, to remember six million Jews who were brutally exterminated by the savage Nazis. The Holocaust began with destroying Jewish property, burning their shops, and ghettoing them, before sending them to the Concentration Camps, the Nazi killing factories. This kind of inhumane behavior was performed in Gush Katif and Amona.
The Jewish People's Rights To The Land Of IsraelIn 1967 Israel did not conquer any land. It gained land that legally belongs to her, which the Arabs occupied since 1949 when the fledgling Israeli army could not defend it from the Arab onslaught.
It is time to end the two state policy; there is no room for another Arab state in Judea and Samaria;
It is time to end all destruction of Jewish communities, even if it is still considered to be an "outpost";
It is time to annex the entire Judea and Samaria and admit, to ourselves first, that the land from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea is legally Jewish Land;
It is time to open the economic gate and offer huge incentives to settle every possible square kilometer of Judea and Samaria; build and build our ancient Jewish land;
It is time to reverse the Supreme Court Order and allow Migron to remain and thrive on the precise land it was founded;
It is time for the government of Israel to become the people of the Torah;
It is time to end any and all Jews against Jews actions; Jews do not demolish other Jews' homes. Jews do not uproot one Jewish tree; Jews do not destroy one Jewish home, even if it is a caravan, in which Jews dwell. Jews do not destroy Jewish synagogues. The Government of Israel must immediately end the Pogroms it conducts, on a regular basis, in Judea and Samaria
Please join us, Friends of Migron International and the campaign to save Migron now.
See Also this story NewsBlaze published in 2005: Israel's 2005 Disengagement Initiative: Numbers to Know.
Nurit Greenger sees Israel and the United States equally, as the last two forts of true democratic freedom and since 2006, has been writing about events in these two countries. Contact her by writing to email@example.com Read more stories by Nurit Greenger.
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