Gush Katif evacuees mark 10th anniversary of uprooting

Gush Katif evacuees on Wednesday night, in what for the first time was essentially a state ceremony, marked the 10th anniversary of their uprooting. No previous anniversary of this tragic chapter in the saga of the settlement movement had been held under the patronage of the president of the state.

Hundreds of former residents of Gush Katif and Northern Samaria congregated at the President’s Residence where President Reuven Rivlin had initially been scheduled to address them.

Because the president is in mourning for his sister Esther Herling Binyamin who passed away on Monday, his wife Nechama delivered an address in his stead as did Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein who is acting president when the president is indisposed or out of the country.


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