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  7/25/2012, Av 6, 5772

Knesset Member Vows Return to Gaza's Gush Katif


On the 7th anniversary of the Disengagement from Gush Katif, Member of Kneseet Uri Ariel (National Union Party) vowed to return.
 
During a memorial ceremony for the Jewish communities of Gaza, MK Ariel stated, "we will remember and we will return. We waited 19 years to return to Hebron, the Old City of Jerusalem and the Temple Mount but in the end we came back. It's been seven years since the expulsion, but don't fall into despair. With G-d's help we'll be back."
 
The Gush Katif communities, comprising approximately 8,000 people were deported when the Israeli government decide to remove all presence from Gaza in 2005. Jewish communities in Gaza such as Kfar Darom existed in the 1930s and 1940s, but were evicted by Egyptian soldiers in the War of Independence which latest from 1948-1949. Kfar Darom was rebuilt after the Six Day War of 1967, but again evicted in the Disengagement of 2005. An ancient Jewish cemetery still exists with the graves of Jewish sages such as Rabbi Yisrael ben Moses Najara. Gaza City had a Jewish community until the riots of 1929.
 
Gaza also had an ancient synagogue containing a 10x6 foot mosaic of a crowned King David playing his harp and dated appr. 508 C.E. bearing witness to a Jewish population in the city at that time. It was discovered by Egyptian researchers in 1965. The face was gouged out shortly after the discovery. When Israel reentered Gaza after the Six Day War, the remains of the defaced archeological find were transferred to the Israel Museum and restored.