Eve Harow shares her thoughts on the somber anniversary, and is joined by Gush Katif evictee Anita Tucker, who talks about the trauma — then and now.
First Eve likens parenting to godliness, saying that just as God loves and listens to us, He also sets limits. She also describes her trip last week to the Dotan Valley, recalling the destruction of four communities in that area of northern Samaria 10 years ago, as part of disengagement — Israel’s unilateral withdrawal from Gaza, which involved the forced removal of Jews from their homes. Eve asks the rhetorical question of whether the government has apologized for the fiasco, learned lessons from it or properly compensated the victims. No, she answers, lauding the greatness of the country’s “little people,” whose wounds are still open and deep.
Then, Eve hears from Anita Tucker, a victim of that very withdrawal, who had grown 3-foot-long celery in her hothouses in Netzer Hazani in Gush Katif — until being expelled. speaks about the spirit of that area, which she says still lives among the former residents, even though many of the communities are not yet physically rebuilt. She stresses the need to deal with the ongoing trauma of the “second generation,” and the yearning to return to their incomparable “golden sands.” She also reminisces about her Arab friends in Gaza, who had welcomed the Jews there and marveled in their agricultural success — but who are all probably dead by now at the hands of Hamas. listen now