Jewish Life in Gaza During the Middle Ages
[My second post on this topic can be found here.]
Interior Minister Eli Yishai is quoted as saying that:
“The goal of the operation is to send Gaza back to the Middle Ages. Only then will Israel be calm for forty years.”
I am not sure if Yishai is aware of the Jewish community that was found in Gaza during the Middle Ages. The following quotes are from Jewish Travellers in the Middle Ages, edited by Elkan Nathan Adler.
This is from Meshullam ben Menaḥem’s travel diary:
The following is from Ovadiah of Bertinoro’s travel diary:
This is from David Reubeni’s diary:
The Cairo Geniza also offers us some information about Jewish life in Gaza. The following are from S.D. Goiten’s classic work, A Mediterranean Society, vol. II (pp. 59 and 62).
While not from the Middle Ages, who can forget the 17th c. Nathan of Gaza, who was possibly Shabbetai Zevi and Sabbateanism’s greatest PR man.
I think that regardless of politics, it is difficult to deny that Jews, and also Arabs, have been part of the landscape for quite a long time.