An eyewitness account on disengagement in Gaza in 2005

By Anita Tucker, April 17, 2008
We did everything we could to stop the expulsion from a place that our family had lived in for 28 years. A place where I had raised children, grandchildren, fruit and vegetables. We carried on working in the greenhouses until the last day, but what could a small settlement like Netzer Hazani, with 500 people, do against the mighty IDF? It would have been a disaster if we could have beaten our own army. And it was our soldiers that gave me the worst memory, a feeling that will remain with me forever. Seeing thousands of soldiers marching on Netzer Hazani, seeing them come in from the gate and reaching our house. Our soldiers, just like my sons who were all soldiers. And you expect some of them, one at least, to stop and say this is not right, it’s unjust to banish thousands of Jews and destroy their homes — but no one stops. Those were days full of disappointment. Seeing policemen beating up children trying to get into Gush Katif and join us, and not hearing even one left-winger, those who are supposed to care so much about human rights, speak out against the way thousands of families, who built their homes in barren places where no-one lived previously, were treated. If they let this happen, then any immorality, any act of injustice is possible. The war of terror happening now in Gaza was totally foreseeable. No-one disagreed with us before the expulsion that this is what would happen. I still believe that what we were doing, living alongside with the Palestinians, working with them in farming, and building good neighbourly relationships is the only way to reach peace.
Last updated: 12:34pm, September 16 2008