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Gush Katif Day in Schools
 The Gush Katif Commemoration Day has been set for the 22 of Shvat as part of the Gush Katif and Northern Samaria Commemoration Center Law, 5768, 2008.
Gush Katif Day was first marked in the Israeli Education system in 2007, two years after the execution of Ariel Sharon's 2005 Disengagement Plan. The Gush Katif Committee and the Gush Katif and Northern Shomron Heritage Center decided that there is an educational value to the Gush Katif story. The 22nd of Shvat, January 23 is a day that celebrates religious faith, Zionism, settlements, and the Israeli State as well as discusses their complexity. This day was chosen as Gush Katif Day because it is the anniversary of the day when Netzer Hazani, the first civilian community in Gush Katif, was founded. Another reason for choosing this date: on the 23rd of Shvat Gush Katif residents first dressed in orange, as they marched from their homes to Jerusalem.

The purpose of this day is to remind students of the 35 years of Gush Katif's existence, and not "just" focus on its destruction.
The story of Gush Katif invites us to meditate on the basic questions and ethical dilemmas which Israeli society confronts, while addressing the human dimension expressed in them.
Today, hundreds of schools throughout Israel participate in Gush Katif Day!



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