Grains Of Sand: The Fall Of Neve Dekalim puts a human face to the people of Gush Katif as it closely follows the story of an Israeli family from pre-Intifada leading up to the forced removal of Israeli citizens from Gush Katif in the Gaza Strip in 2005. The reader is given a rare opportunity to look into the hearts and souls of Gush Katif residents. This novel is historic fiction based upon the author’s life and experiences in Gush Katif, as well as those of friends and neighbors. It vividly reflects the thoughts and feelings of the people who lived there during those difficult times. The author, a teen at the time she wrote this book, was herself an expellee.
- Paperback: 185 pages
- Author: Shifra Shomron
- ISBN-13: 978-9657344194
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“We are indebted to Shifra Shomron for her exquisitely texted “Grains of Sand” in which she retells the personalized story of the human wealth that was dealt a mortal blow when the Gush Katif communities were evacuated and their Jewish inhabitants expelled. What had been left behind is in this book: lively family life, community spirit, moral values, material and religious success as well as the heroic fortitude in the face of terror, the anguish in the realization that Israel’s then political leadership was insensitive to its policy errors as well as devoid of vision… ”
Yisrael Medad, Information Resource Director, Menachem Begin Heritage Center, Jerusalem, Israel
“In an attempt to save themselves from criminal indictments, corrupt Israeli politicians hatched the plot to expel almost 10,000 hard-working, sincere and devoted citizens from the thriving area of Gush Katif. From this horrible tragedy, they are attempting to survive in the face of government hypocrisy, indifference and emotional and financial abuse. One of the very bright spots in this bleak picture is Shifra Shomron, a very talented writer whose lyrical style and depth are rare in one so young. I wish her great success.”
Miriam Adahan, Psychologist, Author, and Founder of EMETT (Emotional Maturity Established Through Torah)
There is great pathos in the descriptions and the book is a ‘must’ for people everywhere must be educated about this sad part of our recent history in order to prevent it reoccurring…
A real eye-opener by an GK insider – a teenager yet! I learned so much about what was actually going on, not only in GK, but also in the government, media and courts, versus the propaganda that was being spread then…and now.
“Grains of Sand,” the best book I have read in recent years. Once I started reading it I couldn’t put it down until I was finished. It’s just that good.
I am certain it is no “accident” I came across Shifra’s book this evening. I am certain the book will take this reader on a journey filled with great expectations, as well as encounters with unexpected moral dilemmas, calamity, heartache and one of the worst of all betrayals — a Jewish State seemingly betraying its own most loyal citizens — pulling their own land out from under their feet. I am certain there is much to learn about faith, security, and survival when the writer is young, clear-eyed, not in the habit of political correctness, and (hopefully) untrained in the art of writing fake “news” and/or revisionist “history.” I am very much looking forward to reading “Grains of Sand” — Shifra Shomron’s first book!
— Beth Sarafraz