Gush Katif Reburials Continue

The suffering of the Gush Katif expellees continues, as 6 people buried in their regional cemetery will be re-interred today.The last 20 will be buried tomorrow, including 15 in a national ceremony.

Hillel Fendel, | updated: 12:17

Forty-eight bodies were buried in the Gush Katif cemetery, located between what used to be the communities of N'vei Dekalim and Ganei Tal. About half of them were buried this week, while six bodies dug up by the IDF Chief Rabbinate will be buried today. Three burials will take place at Mt. of Olives, overlooking the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. The others will be buried in Ashkelon, Nitzan and Har HaMenuchot in Jerusalem.

Fifteen bodies will be laid to rest tomorrow in a special section of the Mt. of Olives cemetery for Gush Katif. The grieving families wish to declare tomorrow a National Day of Mourning. They call upon the public to take part in the funeral ceremony and thus show their solidarity with the families' pain.

Among those to be reburied tomorrow are three victims of Palestinian terrorism: Nissan Dolinger of Pe'at Sadeh, who was murdered in May 2002 by an Arab worker; Roni Tzalah, similarly murdered in his greenhouse in January 2001; and Ahuva Amergi, killed in an ambush attack near the Kisufim Crossing in February 2002.

Yehudit Davidovitch, Ahuva Amergi's mother, spoke yesterday of the great pain that the families are undergoing in the expulsion of both the dead and the living. She also called upon the hareidi-religious public, "which always worries about the dignity of the dead," to join the mass memorial ceremony. Mrs. Davidovitch said that Mt. of Olives was chosen as their burial place because of its mention in the Medrash as the place from which the Redemption will begin, and the place to which generations of Jews dreamt of returning.

The convoy of bodies will leave Gush Katif at noon tomorrow, and is scheduled to arrive in Jerusalem at 4 PM. People are expected to gather all along the route to pay their last respects. Eulogies will be delivered at the Mashbir Plaza in central Jerusalem beginning at 4:30, and the procession will make its way to Mt. of Olives by foot via Jaffa Rd. The burials will begin at 7:30 PM, followed by additional eulogies.


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