It’s now 11 years since the Expulsion from Gush Katif and the Northern Shomron, Laurence Baziz, projects coordinator for the phenomenal Katif Heritage Center, speaks with Eve about where the 2000 families are now, both physically and emotionally. The youth have in the main re-engaged with their country via the army and other institutions, while former farmers have had a much more difficult time. A conference on August 8th in Nitzan will commemorate the events of 2005 yet focus on how to strengthen our society, encourage patriotism and love of Land and Nation despite betrayals and setbacks. Is it realistic to dream of a return to the sands of Gaza? With faith and prayer, hope and hard work, yearnings have been answered before, as in Gush Etzion after 1967. So who knows what will be- let’s be ready for every eventuality. And meanwhile ensure that this travesty never happens again.
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