6 Years after Famous Photo - Child Visits Gush Katif Museum

6 years after expulsion from Gush Katif, the child who was photographed handing out cookies to the soldiers visits the Gush Katif Museum.

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Itamar Zimmerman, then and now
Itamar Zimmerman, then and now
Arutz Sheva photo: Gush Katif Museum

Six years after the disengagement from Gush Katif, a special guest came to the Gush Katif Museum in Jerusalem on Erev Tisha B’Av.

Itamar Zimmerman, who was two years old at the time of the expulsion, was photographed while handing out cookies to the soldiers who came to evict the residents. The photograph became famous and now hangs in the Gush Katif Museum. Six years later, at the age of eight, he came to see the photo up close.

“After the expulsion we decided to move on,” said Naor Zimmerman, Itamar’s father. “We moved to Negohot in Judea and Samaria. A week after the expulsion all these journalists called us for a comment on the picture. We had no idea what they were talking about, until we got the picture.

“When the soldiers entered our home my daughter started laughing,” he recalled. “She said: ‘Dad, look, the soldiers got confused. They came to eat kubaneh [Yemenite bread dish traditionally eaten on Shabbat] and it’s not even Shabbat.’”

Itamar himself said he feels sad and sorry when he sees the picture. He added he wants to go back to Gush Katif and build a home.

“We’ll go back, with G-d’s help,” said Naor. “If not me, my children. If not them, the grandchildren. It will happen.”