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News and updates about Gush Katif

'Nothing has changed after 13 years'

Ceremony on anniversary of withdrawal from Gush Katif forced to move because of threat of rocket attack. 'They promised peace if we left.'

'Nothing has changed after 13 years'

'If we stand our ground - the world will follow'

Israel Hayom's Editor-in-Chief: 'As long as Palestinians prioritize us not having a state more than their having one, there won't be peace.'

'If we stand our ground - the world will follow'

Resurrection after the expulsion from Gush Katif

Listen to the inspiring story of a woman who was evacuated from Netzarim and rebuilt her life with her family in the city of Ariel.

Resurrection after the expulsion from Gush Katif

INTO THE FRAY: Gaza - A “simple” solution

INTO THE FRAY: Gaza - A “simple” solution

'Disengagement was breaking point in Israel's history'

Former Defense Minister who opposed 2005 disengagement visits center dedicated to memory of destroyed Jewish communities of Gaza.

'Disengagement was  breaking point in Israel's history'

Evacuated again: Ex-Gush Katif resident's home demolished

Man evicted from Gush Katif rebuilds in Judea - only to be evicted and have home demolished a second time. 'This is discrimination.'

Evacuated again: Ex-Gush Katif resident's home demolished

'We'll build a beautiful synagogue in Gaza'

Emotional prayer ceremony at new synagogue in Netzer Hazani marks 12 years since the destruction of the synagogues of Gush Katif.

'We'll build a beautiful synagogue in Gaza'

'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.'

'The wound will never heal'

Memorial for the fallen of Gush Katif: 'Second burial'

Relatives visit new graves of those who were dug up from their graves in Gush Katif, where no Jewish graves remain.

Memorial for the fallen of Gush Katif: 'Second burial'

New commando unit head is ex-Gush Katif resident, Bible expert

The new head of the Shayetet-13 naval commando unit is a former winner of Israel's Bible Competition who once lived in Gush Katif.

New commando unit head is ex-Gush Katif resident, Bible expert

Watch: Distraught over the destruction of the Temple

Emotional reading of the Book of Lamentations during Tisha B'Av by Gush Katif expellee, Rabbi Shmuel Tal.

Watch: Distraught over the destruction of the Temple

Farmers from Gush Katif to receive greater compensation

Jerusalem District Court rules that expelled farmers of Gush Katif are entitled to compensation according to current property values.

Farmers from Gush Katif to receive greater compensation

New Jerusalem street: 'Gush Katif Square'

Gush Katif Square inaugurated today near Jerusalem's Gush Katif Museum. Museum Director: 'This is an historic day.'

New Jerusalem street: 'Gush Katif Square'

'For the first time in 50 years, Israel will decide for itself'

Chairman of Republicans Overseas Israel says Trump administration represents unprecedented opportunity for Israel.

'For the first time in 50 years, Israel will decide for itself'

Report: Trump donated to aid disengagement evacuees

New report finds that Donald Trump donated large amounts of money to aid Sinai and disengagement evacuees in the 1980s and in 2005.

Report: Trump donated to aid disengagement evacuees

Southern Command: Hamas is ready for the next war

Southern Command chief, Eyal Zamir, at a conference for southern residents explained that Hamas is preparing for the next round of fighting.

Southern Command: Hamas is ready for the next war

Gush Katif evacuee appointed Ashkelon Chief Rabbi

Rabbi Ophir Cohen, head of the Ashkelon religious community, was chosen as the new Chief Rabbi of Ashkelon.

Gush Katif evacuee appointed Ashkelon Chief Rabbi

Watch: The expelees brought Torah and prayer to the Kibbutz

The expelled residents of Elei Sinai in Gush Katif eventually found residence in Kibbutz Palmachim. Now they are building a synagogue.

Watch: The expelees brought Torah and prayer to the Kibbutz

Bnei Dekalim - Commemoration, construction, and Unity

Evacuees from Gush Katif in Bnei Dekalim remember what they have lost while working tirelessly to build their new community.

Bnei Dekalim - Commemoration, construction, and Unity

Watch: Minister Bennett marks 11 years since Gush Katif

Speaking to Arutz Sheva, Minister Naftali Bennett shares his feelings over the Disengagement, which changed Israel's history, 11 years ago.

Watch: Minister Bennett marks 11 years since Gush Katif

Watch: Gush Katif evacuees rebuild synagogues

11 years after the expulsion from Gush Katif, the evacuees are building synagogues in their renewed communities.

Watch: Gush Katif evacuees rebuild synagogues

Gush Katif residents gather 'Homeward'

In a rally along the Gazan border, Gush Katif supporters chanted: "We will yet return to Gush Katif!"

Gush Katif residents gather 'Homeward'

Eleven years later: 'we can't let things deteriorate'

"The Disengagement brought upon us a human, Zionist, and security tragedy, and the warnings proved to be true."

Eleven years later: 'we can't let things deteriorate'

Minister: We must not repeat Gush Katif

While commemorating 11 years since the expulsion of Gush Katif, Uri Ariel is concerned that history will repeat itself - through Amona.

Minister: We must not repeat Gush Katif

Regret & nostalgia abound in Knesset Gush Katif event

Minister and MKs speak about the decisions that led to the "disengagement" from Gaza and its aftermath in event marking 11-year anniversary.

Regret & nostalgia abound in Knesset Gush Katif event

'Gilad Sharon pushed his father to expel Gaza Jews'

Historian Arye Yitzhaki, among those expelled from Gush Katif, calls on the Likud party not to trust Gilad Sharon, son of former PM.

'Gilad Sharon pushed his father to expel Gaza Jews'

'Homeward' - a longing for Gush Katif

Ephraim Menashri, child of Gush Katif, sings of his loss and the fight for his home, in a new single titled "Homeward."

'Homeward' - a longing for Gush Katif

Former members of Gush Katif continue a basketball tradition

11 years after the expulsion from Gush Katif, past residents continue to participate in a basketball tournament honoring Itai Yolis z"l.

Former members of Gush Katif continue a basketball tradition

'We fought Sharon, if need be we can fight Netanyahu'

Likud minister visits Amona protest tent, promises to fight for embattled town. 'We made a mistake in Gush Katif, we cannot repeat it.'

'We fought Sharon, if need be we can fight Netanyahu'

Glick: 'We haven't given up on the Gaza Strip'

New Likud MK Yehuda Glick pledges to promote interests of Judea & Samaria residents, keep hopes alive for return to Gush Katif.

Glick: 'We haven't given up on the Gaza Strip'

Ex-MK takes rabbi to task for 'desecration of God's name'

Dr. Ben-Ari criticizes yeshiva dean who announced he rejected state in Disengagement, warns he didn't learn the lesson of the Pharisees.

Ex-MK takes rabbi to task for 'desecration of God's name'

'We can't give up our ideology in order to expand government'

Minister Ze'ev Elkin tells Arutz Sheva about importance of principles, eternal phenomenon of anti-Semitism, danger of withdrawals.

'We can't give up our ideology in order to expand government'

'Israel knows how to settle olim, but not Gush Katif evacuees'

Ashkelon Regional Council head explains how Israel still hasn't fulfilled its promise to take care of former Gush Katif residents.

'Israel knows how to settle olim, but not Gush Katif evacuees'

The Torah scroll invalidated by the Disengagement

After Gush Katif expulsion Torah was found to be invalid - even though it had been completely valid in its decades of use in Gaza.

The Torah scroll invalidated by the Disengagement

Gaza uses Gush Katif lands to pay off Hamas debt

Hamas is divvying up ruins of Jewish communities to settle debts for unpaid wages for tens of thousands of employees.

Gaza uses Gush Katif lands to pay off Hamas debt

Remembering Jewish communities destroyed by Israel

Remembering Jewish communities destroyed by Israel

Ariel Sharon advisor: Gush Katif was destroyed on PA request

Ariel Sharon's confidant reveals that disengagement was preceded by dozens of hours of talks with PA.

Ariel Sharon advisor: Gush Katif was destroyed on PA request

'The majority decides, but it isn't always right'

Knesset Speaker inaugurates memorial of the expulsion from Gush Katif and four Samaria towns, to 'remind the Knesset.'

'The majority decides, but it isn't always right'

Peace Now fails to remove Gush Katif memorial from Knesset

Attorney General of the Knesset denies Peace Now's request to remove memorial to Jews expelled from Gaza in 2005.

Peace Now fails to remove Gush Katif memorial from Knesset

Council sues government over Gush Katif evacuees

Ashkelon Coast Regional Council to sue government over lack of permanent housing for Gush Katif evacuees, even after a decade.

Council sues government over Gush Katif evacuees

Thousands of students join 'march of longing' towards Gush Katif

The communities in Gush Katif were closed a decade ago, but their heroism has not been forgotten.

Thousands of students join 'march of longing' towards Gush Katif

'A spectacular Jewish community destroyed by illusions of peace'

Jewish Home MK Shuli Muallem visits Gush Katif museum, says lesson of expulsion is that 'giving up land to the enemy only destroys lives.'

'A spectacular Jewish community destroyed by illusions of peace'

Late justice: Gush Katif farmer compensated 800,000 shekels

Farmer's lawyer explains how he defeated draconian law meant to absolve state of responsibility for property loss.

Late justice: Gush Katif farmer compensated 800,000 shekels

Hamas launches rocket test from ruins of Gush Katif

Two rockets fired into the sea - symbolically, from ruins of evacuated Jewish town - as Hamas ramps up for its next terror war.

Hamas launches rocket test from ruins of Gush Katif

Listen: Soulful Ballad to Gush Katif Paves Way for Debut Album

Hanan Ben-Ari, nephew of nationalist ex-MK, has conquered radio with Jewish groove - third new single recalls his days in the expulsion.

Listen: Soulful Ballad to Gush Katif Paves Way for Debut Album

Hamas Admits Gazans Behind Water Crisis, Not Israel

Hamas paper finds excessive digging of wells and pumping in Gush Katif lands evacuated in 2005 causing resource collapse.

Hamas Admits Gazans Behind Water Crisis, Not Israel

Sa-Nur Families on Day 2 Declare 'We're Back to Stay'

More families and supplies make it past IDF in return to northern Samaria homes 10 years after Disengagement expulsion.

Sa-Nur Families on Day 2 Declare 'We're Back to Stay'

Sa-Nur Families to PM: Don't Make Soldiers Expel Us Again

Fears rise that families who returned to their homes will be expelled again; they call on Netanyahu not to 'add sin' of making IDF do it.

Sa-Nur Families to PM: Don't Make Soldiers Expel Us Again

MK Accuses Channel 10 of Discrimination During Disengagement

MK Yinon Magal was broadcasting expulsion of Jews in 2005 when his own news station heard his views and shut him down.

MK Accuses Channel 10 of Discrimination During Disengagement

Expert: Israeli Leaders Haven't Learned from Gush Katif

Professor Moshe Sharon says Israeli leaders are still thinking of another expulsion, despite the failure of the first one.

Expert: Israeli Leaders Haven't Learned from Gush Katif

Watch: Behind the Scenes of the March for Gush Katif

Hundreds of people united to march across Israel against the withdrawal from Gush Katif in 2005. This is their story.

Watch: Behind the Scenes of the March for Gush Katif

From Gush Katif to Tel Aviv Nightclubs - to Herself

'The Settler' explores the Disengagement through sincere, human eyes, boldly delving into the psyche of the people behind the stereotype.

From Gush Katif to Tel Aviv Nightclubs - to Herself

Watch: 'That Was It' - A Gush Katif Story

Daniel Maman was born in Gush Katif. Just after high school, he and his family were thrust from their home.

Watch: 'That Was It' - A Gush Katif Story

Special Feature: Remembering Gush Katif 10 Years On

Mapping the Disengagement: Watch Exclusive Arutz Sheva footage from the communities destroyed 10 years ago.

Special Feature: Remembering Gush Katif 10 Years On

Sharon Never Consulted IDF Over Disengagement Plan

Top general reveals Ariel Sharon threatened to keep religious soldiers from officer status for 50 years if the IDF refused to comply.

Sharon Never Consulted IDF Over Disengagement Plan

Special Feature

Remembering Ten Years Since the Disengagement

Arutz Sheva speaks with Gush Katif activists on 10th anniversary of the expulsion - the time that has passed and the challenges that remain.

Remembering Ten Years Since the Disengagement

Disengagement Plus Ten: Why We Cry on Tisha B’Av

Disengagement  Plus Ten: Why We Cry on Tisha B’Av

'The Last Word on Expelled Jewish Towns is Yet to be Said'

Widow of terror victim tells Arutz Sheva she and her children waiting to return home to Homesh 10 years later and 'undo the crime.'

'The Last Word on Expelled Jewish Towns is Yet to be Said'

Herzog: The Disengagement Was a Mistake

Left-wing opposition head says he agrees expulsion from Gush Katif, northern Samaria was wrong - though not entirely.

Herzog: The Disengagement Was a Mistake

10 Years Since Disengagement, Minister Vows: 'Jews Will Return'

Hundreds visit Sa-Nur, one of 4 towns in Samaria uprooted 10 years ago, call to correct the Disengagement 'mistake.'

10 Years Since Disengagement, Minister Vows: 'Jews Will Return'