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About the novel, Grains Of Sand The Fall Of Neve Dekalim


2005 – Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon had a “Disengagement Plan”


Seize the opportunity to read the first published testimonial account by a former resident and expellee. Written in historical fiction format by a most authentic source, Shifra Shomron, a teen raised in the now destroyed Israeli town of Neve Dekalim, Gush Katif in the Gaza Strip.  

So that the memory and legacy of Gush Katif lives on.


Journey back in time …      

Set in Neve Dekalim, Gush Katif, Israel (Gaza Strip), Grains Of Sand The Fall Of Neve Dekalim is told through  the vantage point of teenager Efrat Yefet, a high school student living under the dual threat of Arab attacks and the Israeli government’s  summer of 2005 “Disengagement Plan” to destroy her town and adjacent communities. She, along with family, friends, and neighbors try to lead ordinary lives as the ever-encroaching conflict gets closer, and the whole community joins efforts to save their beautiful towns from destruction.


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)

                                            Online study guide slideshare presentation


Grains Of Sand: The Fall Of Neve Dekalim by Shifra Shomron

© 2007, ISBN 978-965-7344-19-4, soft cover, 185 pages

Mazo Publishers and catalog

USA   1-815-301-3559

Israel  054-729-4565

$16.95 + $6 / 79 NIS + 6 NIS with postage + handling per book

Select Jerusalem Bookstores:

Gush Katif Museum, Pomeranz Books,

Judaica Book Center, Moriah, Shorashim,

Also Available at the following Stores:  – Kindle Edition and Look Inside!  

Barnes and Noble   Israel-Catalog   Gush Katif Educational Resource Center – Nitzan Caravilla site


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