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Gush Katif Refugees to Netanyahu: At Least Don’t Destroy the Migron Synagogue

Peace at last: Palestinians celebrating the sanctity of the synagogue in Netzarim in the Gaza Strip after the IDF expelled the local Jewish families, September 12, 2005.

Peace at last: Palestinians celebrating the sanctity of the synagogue in Netzarim in Gaza after the IDF expelled the local Jewish families in 2005.
Photo Credit: Ahmad Khateib/Flash90

A committee of expelled Gush Katif residents approached Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday requesting that he prevent the destruction of the synagogue and mikvah of the Migron settlement, which was evacuated, Kipa reprted.

Eliezer Aurbach, chairmen of the Gush Katif residents’ committee, wrote to Netanyahu in the name of the expelled former residents of Gush Katif, saying, “We who have personally experienced the government’s decision to uproot our lives and our communities from Gush Katif seven years ago, are standing stunned and in pain today, seeing how the government is repeating the mistake and the terrible injustice by destroying a community and tearing up the homes in Migron.”

Auerbach, who served as the head of the Religious Council of Gush Katif before the evacuation, wrote that “in Gush Katif, after many deliberations, it was decided not to destroy the religious structures. After the Migron families have been evacuated, we are turning to you with an appeal not to destroy the synagogue and mikvah structures in the Migron settlement.”

“After the acquisition of most of the houses in Migron from their Palestinian owners, logic and public justice should obligate the state’s attorney to approach the Supreme Court with a request to nullify the ruling,” he added.

“We call upon you today to instigate a process that will strengthen the settlement in Israel, and especially in Judea and Samaria as part of a Zionist statement that reflects our rights to this land,” the committee signed the letter.

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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5 Responses to “Gush Katif Refugees to Netanyahu: At Least Don’t Destroy the Migron Synagogue”

  1. Ilana Leeds says:

    Actually there were no structures there before it was abandoned land.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I think the writer was quoting Auerbach's description of the deliberations the committee had about whether or not to demolish the religious structures in Gush Katif (a bloc of 17 Israeli settlements in the southern Gaza strip) 7 years ago in anticipation of their expulsion by Israeli armed forces. The photo at the top of the article shows the reverence with which the "Palestinian" Arabs respected the religious structures they decided to leave. The photo is of the burning synagogue in Netzarim, 9/12/2005. Of course, it is undisputed that the "Palestinian" Arabs also plundered and destroyed the hothouses that had been purchased for them (by Jewish philanthropists) and left for them with which to establish a viable agrarian industry, as had the Israeli Jews.

  3. Ilana Leeds says:

    The destruction of the hot houses is something that irks and disturbs me to this day.

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