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Thursday, August 11, 2005

Gush Katif Under Siege - Live Report

Hello all,

I finally succeeded! I sneaked into Gush Katif on Tuesday afternoon and I have settled in the moshav of Netzer Chazani and helping out the community here plan and organize for the upcoming events. I'm here with over 400 other families (with children of all ages) and singles who have joined Netzer Chazani from other parts of Israel. The atmesphere is wonderful. Teenagers from the outside are running childrens activities every morning for all the children (from the moshav and from the outside), people are working in the hothouses and everyone is doing something to help prepare for next week.

There is so much to say, to explain to you what is going on here, but I don' t have time now. You will have to wait.

Just so you know, we (outsiders) have more than doubled the population of the yishuv and they are all mostly staying here to the end, regardless of all the threats by the government that they will lose 25% of their compensation if they don't leave by the 17th. In general the population of the Gush has more than doubled all from "illegals" like me who have sneaked in to GK. Everyone has their own unique unbelievable story about how they snuck in. Buy the book that will be put you with all the stories. i'm sure one will be written!

We are about to go through one of the most traumatic weeks for the Jewish people, how ironic that it coincides with (Tisha Ba'av)! There is much preparation that we are doing, but our government is stopping at nothing to expel us. It will be the first time that a Jewish government turns off electricity and water to Jewish settlements - just like the Romans did to us.

Please read the message below written by a person who was one of the origonal founding members of Netzer Chazani, here since the days all that was here were sand dunes.

Please help as much as you can. Thank you.

Until the next update from Gush Katif!


Did you know that Gush Katif is being placed under siege? Starting now, the army is stopping food from entering Gush Katif. There is already a shortage of baby-food, diapers, food & basic staples. The army isn't letting things enter and the supermarket shelves are emptying. We have been warned that any minute the supply of Gas and Water may stop.There will be opportunities during the next three days to bring in supplies. We need your help NOW.

We have been promised by our brethren that in our time of need they will stand by us. The Jews in Israel are fulfilling "Kol Yisrael Arevim Zeh Lazeh" in the highest sense by uniting behind the residence of Gush Katif. Many have left their homes and places of work to help in Gush Katif. Join. Please be a part of the unification of our people in Gush Katif. Any donation is appreciated. (ALthough we need food for Thousands of people, even $5 can buy a lot of bread) Just click on the link

Your caring gives us strength.

Anita Tucker

Important: Please write in the "Notes Section" at the bottom of the donation-form the word NOW so that your donation will be processed immediately for these emergency supplies.

Anita Tucker is from Brooklyn and her Husband is from Cleveland. They have been living in Gush Katif for 29 Years. She has Children and Grandchildren that were born there, and prays every day to see Great-grandchildren born there. She is a farmer who grows insect-free produce and her children who live in Gush Katif are farmers as well.

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