Gush Katif Education Week


Gush Katif Day was first marked in the Israeli Education system in 2007, two years after the execution of Ariel Sharon's 2005 Disengagement Plan. The Gush Katif Committee and the Gush Katif and Northern Shomron Heritage Center decided that there is an educational value to the Gush Katif story. The 22nd of Shvat, (falling on  February 1, 2016 this year) is a day that celebrates religious faith, Zionism, settlements, and the Israeli State as well as discusses their complexity. This day was chosen as Gush Katif Day because it is the anniversary of the day when Netzer Hazani, the first civilian community in Gush Katif, was founded. Another reason for choosing this date: on the 23rd of Shvat Gush Katif residents first dressed in orange, as they marched from their homes to Jerusalem.

The purpose of this day is to remind students of the 35 years of Gush Katif's existence, and not "just" focus on its destruction.

Today, hundreds of schools throughout Israel participate in Gush Katif Day!

Feel free to download the material easily accessible on this page.

If you own Grains of Sand: The Fall of Neve Dekalim, the first novel in English to be written about Gush Katif by a former resident and expellee, you might appreciate the FREE Lit. study guide, PPT, etc, HERE.