Ten years on since the 2005 Disengagement plan saw the government and army of Israel expel all Jewish residents of Gush Katif in Gaza, a new traveling exhibit has been launched to make sure the next generation does not forget the messages of the event that proved so traumatic in Israel's national consciousness.
The exhibit, showing pictures emotionally encapsulating the Disengagement, was launched on Monday at Bar Ilan University, and will include showings at the Technion, Tel Aviv University, Ben Gurion University, the Lev Academic Center, Tel-Hai Academic College and other institutions.
Arutz Sheva caught up with the exhibit at Tel Aviv University, and spoke with Emuna Kelemen, a member of the student group "Yisraelim – Bayit Yehudi." The Gush Katif Resident's Committee of the Yesha Council initiated the project together with the "Yisraelim" student group.
Kelemen noted that the Disengagement is not a factional issue, as the removal of the "religious right-wing" presence in Gaza has affected the largely secular and leftist kibbutz communities in the Gaza Belt, which have since been pummeled by Hamas rockets – rockets which have also reached Tel Aviv and as far north as Hadera.
The message for the future from the traumatic event which the exhibit hopes to transmit is that "we suffered a lot by leaving," summarizes Kelemen.
"Leaving Gush Katif caused the war last summer," she added, noting that some people had asked whether the pictures were from Operation Protective Edge and unintentionally connected the two events.
The photographs at the event were taken by photographer Miri Tzahi, while caricatures accompanying them are the work of caricaturist Shay Charka.