'The wound will never heal'

Father of terror victim whose grave was uprooted from Gush Katif: 'people don't understand what it means to uproot a grave, a family.'

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Hezki Baruch,

Davidovich family at Ahuva Amargi's grave
Davidovich family at Ahuva Amargi's grave
Hezki Baruch

Dan Davidovich, the father of terror victim Ahuva Amergi, visited his daughter's grave on the Mount of Olives Tuesday.

Ahuva, then 30, was murdered by an Arab terrorist who opened fire on her car in 2002. She was buried in Gush Katif. However, her grave was dug up during the 2005 Gaza Disengagement and she was reburied on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.

"It has been twelve years since the expulsion," Davidovich told Arutz Sheva. "This is a wound that does not heal. People do not understand what it means to uproot a grave, to uproot a home, to uproot a family and entire communities. They don't understand that the uprooting of the graves of Gush Katif was the end, because where there is no cemetery there is no life."

Ahuva's family wrote on her gravestone: "She was torn from her final resting place, together with the community of Gush Katif, both the living and the dead, by the malicious government headed by Ariel Sharon."

The words on the gravestone are rather strong, aren't they?

"I wanted to write even stronger words," Davidovich said. "The person who did the uprooting did it out of personal interest and did not care about anyone but himself, and I hope he is paying the price today." (A reference to the late PM Ariel Sharon, ed.)

Did the State of Israel learn its lesson?

"The State of Israel has not learned its lesson. To this day there are people who justify the uprooting of Jewish communities. There was not a single benefit to the Gush Katif expulsion. It only brought the terrorists closer to the center of the country."

Why do you miss Gush Katif?

"[I miss] the camaraderie, the communal life. There is no agriculture and fruit in the country that is the same as in Gush Katif. In Gush Katif we lived a life of both Torah and work."

12 years have passed, but when you speak the pain is as if it was only yesterday.

"It was a wound that never healed. We lived there and saw it with our own eyes. It is impossible to forget."

Did you come here today with your grandchildren who might live in Gush Katif in the future?

"I came with my wife and grandchildren, and I wish that one day we come back and our grandchildren can live there. We are Jews, and we have to believe."

The family decided to perpetuate the names of all the communities in Gush Katif and to make a sign with the phrase "do not forget, do not forgive," after the State of Israel refused to put a sign on the Mount of Olives to indicate that the site was the burial plot of the dead of Gush Katif.

"Instead of perpetuating and drawing strength from the settlements that were destroyed, they are only fighting us, and this really pains me," Davidovich said.

The chairman of the Jewish Cemeteries Council in Jerusalem, Rabbi Hillel Hurvitz and the director of the Gush Katif Museum, Shlomo Wassertiel, are currently working to erect a sign at the site that will commemorate the fallen of Gush Katif in the special section of the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.








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