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Monday, January 23, 2006

The Eradication of Memory

First they destroyed the towns, dragging out their residents and bulldozing their buildings and leaving what remained for the Arabs to torch and loot. And then even the memory of Gush Katif is being erased.

Israel's new maps will stop at Ashkelon and will not depict Gush Katif. The tombstones on the graves of the dead soldiers dug up, have been forbidden to state Gush Katif as being too political. It is a typical feature of dictatorships that they are not satisfied with destroying physical opposition but rewriting history to eliminate them. In the Soviet Union those who defected to the West were never mentioned again. They had ceased to exist. So too under the Sharon\Olmert regime Gush Katif has ceased to exist as its refugees have ceased to exist being ignored by the authorities except when it comes time to jail them or their children.

"This is the first time I've had to remove the name of a town from the map of Israel," Chaim Sarbaro, director general of the Center for Israel Maps said.

It will not I suspect be the last. In a propaganda war, memory is as important a form of resistance as physical courage. Let us remember. Let us never forget.

2 comments:

Lemon Lime Moon said...

The Israeli gov won't be able to forget either.
As they sell off their birthright a la Esav more and more, they will find they have unleashed a fire storm that will engulf the entire nation.
These are the foolish shepherds who took power to themselves.
These are the heirs of Esav.

Keliata said...

So many are trying to blot Israel from history. They're the thought police George Orwell warned of in 1984. Call it propoganda or newspeak as Orwell did but you're right, it is happening.

Just as we would keep the memory of a departed love one on our lips, we must keep the name Gush Katif and Israel on our lips often. Speak the names, write of them. Don't forget.

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