Morag (Israeli settlement)

Hothouses in Morag.
Hothouses in Morag.
Etymology: Flail
Morag is located in the Gaza Strip
Coordinates: 31°18′30″N 34°17′17″E / 31.30833°N 34.28806°E / 31.30833; 34.28806
AffiliationHaPoel HaMizrahi

Morag (Hebrew: מוֹרַג, lit.'Flail') was an Israeli settlement organized as a moshav in the Gush Katif settlement bloc. in the south-west edge of the Gaza Strip. It was evacuated as part of Israel's unilateral disengagement plan of 2005.


Morag, was the southernmost settlement in Gush Katif. It was first established on 29 May 1972, as a non-religious pioneer Nahal military outpost, and demilitarized when turned over to residential purposes in 1982.[1] It later became a religious agricultural worker cooperative, whose residents earned their living growing flowers and vegetables in hothouses.[citation needed] At the time of the evacuation, there were about forty families including about 200 people.[citation needed]

Unilateral disengagement

Sixteen families of Morag were evicted on August 17, 2005, by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and Israeli Police. Others had left earlier following the government orders.[1][2]

Palestinian plans

On the ruins of the former village, a Palestinian locality has been announced called Sheikh Khalifa City.[3] The site is named after United Arab Emirates President Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan due to his funding of the project.[4]


  1. ^ a b Andrea Stone (15 August 2009). "Evictions and emotions on tense day in Gaza". USA Today. Retrieved 27 August 2009.
  2. ^ Mike Tobin; Jennifer Griffin (17 August 2005). "Israeli Troops Forcibly Remove Gaza Settlers". Fox News. Retrieved 27 August 2009.
  3. ^ "Palestinians launch new housing project where Gush Katif's Morag once stood". Haaretz. Associated Press. 2005-10-09. Retrieved 2014-01-14.
  4. ^ "Watch Series/Episodes Online for Free". Archived from the original on 2019-01-05. Retrieved 2014-08-21.
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