A Decade after Israel Left Gaza

(Ynet News) Maurizio Molinari - Ten years after Israel's disengagement from Gaza, all traces of the its Netzarim settlement have been wiped off the face of the earth. The Palestinians have destroyed everything that the Israel Defense Forces left intact. The synagogue was burned to the ground, and Islamic Jihad flags now fly where the house of worship once stood. The Palestinians have built an amusement park on the ruins of the place where 60 Israeli families once lived. Scattered among the remains of the Israeli settlements in Gush Katif in southern Gaza are training camps and bases belonging to various armed groups - Hamas, Islamic Jihad, the Popular Resistance Committees, and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. Everyone here is readying for the next conflict. Another amusement park was built on the ruins of Ganei Tal. Neve Dekalim was the largest settlement in the Gush Katif bloc with 500 families. The IDF left all public buildings standing. The Palestinians demolished one of the yeshivas and the two synagogues a few days after the Israeli pullout. The remaining public buildings have been converted into a branch of the al-Aqsa University. The Neve Dekalim regional school is now an Islamic college for girls. The writer is Middle East correspondent for the Italian daily La Stampa.

2015-06-19 00:00:00

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