Elei Sinai

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Elei Sinai
אֱלֵי סִינַי
Elei Sinai is located in the Gaza Strip
Elei Sinai
Elei Sinai
Coordinates: 31°35′01″N 34°30′09″E / 31.58361°N 34.50250°E / 31.58361; 34.50250Coordinates: 31°35′01″N 34°30′09″E / 31.58361°N 34.50250°E / 31.58361; 34.50250
Founded 1983

Elei Sinai (Hebrew: אֱלֵי סִינַי, lit. Towards Sinai) was an Israeli settlement in the north of the Gaza Strip.


Elei Sinai was established in 1982 (Sukkot 5743) by a group who had been evicted from Yamit in the Sinai Peninsula. It was named for the yearning to return to the Sinai desert, where Yamit was located.

Avi Farhan, a Yamit expellee, and Arik Herfez, whose daughter had been killed by Palestinian militants, were two of the most notable residents.

Unilateral Disengagement[edit]

Among the arguments in opposition to Israel's unilateral disengagement plan, which stated that the settlers should be evicted from Elei Sinai, was a proposal by Farhan allowing the settlers to remain in their homes as Palestinian citizens,[1][2] an idea the Palestinians the Israeli government rejected.

The residents had actually left their homes voluntarily but returned after realizing that the government had no place to send them.[clarification needed]

On 21 August 2005, the approximately 100 families living in the village, were surrendered by IDF forces, and were forcefully evicted before the village was demolished.[3] After the eviction, a group of fifty families established themselves at the Yad Mordechai junction as a protest that the government hadn't found a community solution for them. Others were sent to the Shirat HaYam hotel. The rest of the settlement later split into a few groups, including those now found in:

Farhan and a part of his family establish a new group and hope to establish a new community in the center of the country. The government agreed in 2006 to acclimatize this group in Palmachim.


  1. ^ Laila El-Haddad (4 Jul 2005). "Interview: Israeli settler Avi Farhan". Aljazeera. Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  2. ^ Nir Hasson (4 February 2005). "Some settlers choose Gaza over citizenship". Haaretz. Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  3. ^ Katya Adler (18 August 2005). "One small victory in a lost battle". BBC News. Retrieved 18 January 2014.