The Link between Katrina & Gush Katif: Katrina’s message to Bush & Madam Rice

(BIBREV Editorial Mote – There are several commentators who claim that every time Bush takes a major step in opposing the well being of Israel according to the Divine Purpose, a major catastrophe hits the USA.  Bush’s decrees have landed most of the 8500 Jews who were forcibly removed from Gush Katif, on the streets in Israel without homes,  jobs and schools.  Exactly 7 days later, Katrina threatens to make a million refugees in New Orleans).

Please note that this article was written by the Rabbi even before Katrina’s cyclone hit New Orleans on Monday.  On Tuesday news reports seemed to conclude that the storm damage was not so bad after all, as Katrina took a last minute right hand turn, thereby avoiding a direct hit on the city – and thereby nullifying all the doom prophecies.  Then – on Wednesday, as the water level in some places declined, the devastation became known.  Some commentators described it as ‘Hiroshima’, ‘similar to the Indian tsunami catastrophe’.  Yet, the core of Katrina missed the main City of New Orleans which was on Wednesday declared uninhabitable by its authorities and probably a million people (from the greater area) are homeless, “with nowhere to go”.  They have thus reached the situation in which most of the 8500 Jews of Gush Katif, whom Bush, Rice and Sharon had disenfranchised exactly one week ago, and who are now refugees in their own country, many living in tents in city parks!

The damage could have been even far worse – Bush was given the opportunity to repent and withdraw his demands for continued dismantling of the Holy Land of Israel – God’s domain for establishing, soon, His universal Kingdom.  Bush should carry the responsibility for this catastrophe to his people – just as Sharon does.  Will they listen?  Hardly likely.  So, expect worse to follow – They have declared War on God by dismantling Israel – how audacious of these “little tin men”?

Refer:  Declaring War on God


By Rabbi Lazer Brody – (Please note, that this Warning was published days BEFORE Katrina struck)

Rebbe Nachman of Breslev teaches that we must constantly search for the Divine message in all the events of our lives, since Hashem (G-d) speaks to us by way of our environment.

At the time of this writing, hurricane Katrina has been declared a national emergency in the USA; her winds now exceed 175 mph (nearly 300 km/hour). She’s a mere one hundred miles from the US coast, and approaching at a foreboding 13 miles per hour. Authorities in Louisiana have ordered hundreds of thousands of people to flee from their homes.

Fleeing from Katrina, New Orleans, Sunday afternoon

Katrina is hitting just as the bulldozers are completing the destruction of Gush Katif. The Talmud teaches that Hashem administers the world according to the “ATFAT” principle, in other words, “a turn for a turn” (for an elaboration of the. My heart tells me that there’s a link between the forced expulsion of 8500 people from their blood, sweat, and tear-soaked homes in Israeli Gaza and between the nearly 850,000 people who are forced to flee from their homes in Louisiana. Sharon, at the prodding of the American government, has destroyed hallowed centers of prayer, Torah learning, and settlement in the Land of Israel. Hashem isn’t wasting much time in showing His wrath. In fact, Katrina has chosen Ms. Rice’s home state as a target; I humbly believe that the unfortunate people of Louisiana can blame Mr. Bush and Ms. Rice for their misfortune. This is a classic ATFAT situation: He who creates exiles in the Holy Land, will have a hundred-fold exiles in his own land.

A bizarre turn of events – for weeks, the media was savoring over the confrontations between Jewish settlers and Jewish soldiers; now, similar pictures are pouring over the wire from New Orleans. In the above photo, courtesy of Reuters, a National Guardsman holds back people seeking refuge in the Louisiana Superdome, Sunday afternoon.A coincidence? I don’t believe in coincidences.

Katrina, written קטרינה in Hebrew, has a numerical equivalent of 374. Two relevant passages in Torah share the exact numerical equivalent of 374 also: רעה גמלוך, or “They have done you evil” (see Gen. 50:17), and ים ביבשה, or “The sea upon land” (see Exodus 14:15). The former passage may be an indication as to the spiritual cause of Katrina, while the latter passage describes the physical manifestation.

(BIBREV Ed. – CNN visuals beforehand described the surrounding areas of New Orleans as vast marshlands and how the sea pushes in at times of great storms. On Wednesday, showing aerial videos of how the sea invaded New Orleans, the commentator remarked how that “the barrier between sea and land had been removed!” – )

The Rabbi concluded:

Mr. Bush and Ms. Rice, I implore you to repent, to ask Hashem’s forgiveness for destroying a flourishing part of Israel. Cancel all your demands for further territorial concessions in Israel. If by your initiative more Jews are rendered homeless, G-d forbid, I shudder to think of what could happen. Please take Katrina very seriously, for she is a no-nonsense messenger from The Almighty.

BIBLE REVELATIONS Commentary – There also is an interesting correlation of numerical values, in the very name of the Gush Katif operation, i.e. Hitnatkut (Disengagement).

Hebrew letters, like Roman and Greek letters, have numerical values.  Gamatriah (Hebrew) is the term used for the study and analysis of the numerical values of words, sentences and  portions of Tanach (OT) and their comparative conclusions.  Rabbi Avraham Feld points out the following: The numerical value of the Hebrew word for ‘disengagement’ (Hitnatkut) is 1361.  He then searched for a Scripture sentence with the same numerical value.  The one that came up, was: Ps 50:15 – “When you invoke Me in your troubles, I will rescue you and you shall honour Me” 

Certainly not as a result of this Tanach admonishment, but in general despair of the protestors against the disengagement of Gush Katif as the finale was closing in, 250 000 to 1 million people (impossible to count) flooded to the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem one week before Sharon’s storm troopers set in to forcibly evacuate part of the Israeli nation from their homes and farms.  The entire audience ‘wailed’ before the God of Israel, begging His Intervention, in an historic national repentance before God.  Needless to say, that the media scoffed at these, to them, seeming vain attempts to stop the world’s ‘democratic’ solution for Peace ijn the Middle East.  And, fortunately for them, there was no immediate Divine Intervention afterwards to prevent the mass and forcible deportation of Jews.  Bewildering and heart wrenching (even for many non-Jews across the world) scenes filled the TV screens for several days when brute Israeli soldiers and police herded people out of their homes – where the true believers had dug in, awaiting a Divine miracle!

Now, in retrospect, let us analyze the Gamatriah message of “disengagement” as centralized in Ps. 50:15 “:“When you invoke Me in your troubles, I will rescue you and you shall honour Me”

Ps. 50. in general context,  asks for God to be silent no more – something which is very problematic for victims of disaster to accept in this time where so much is done in Faith in Him, and while the brutal executing enemy persists, God is silent.  It then emphasises the need for true worship (as God addresses ‘Israel’ which today we know does not refer to Jews only, but to 10-Israel also – Refer 1.1. End-Time Joining together of the Two Houses of Israel

Then follows a fearful reprimand for those who are out of line READ! – and it concludes with a promise of that which we are waiting for: “To the upright, I will show how God can save!”  Is the devastation of Katrina one such evidence?

Though there was no direct Divine Intervention in Gush Katif and most of the deportees are now refugees without homes, schools or jobs – a fact which shocked many in Israel after such sincere mass prayer meetings – it may be that the Cyclone in USA is just such an Intervention.  Now, after the real catastrophic devastation in New Orleans has become known, these same scoffing media reports and supports official calls for prayer!

Some readers may take exception to such a statement, accusing us of rejoicing in other people’s sufferings – my response: check the Exodus and the drowning of the Egyptians in the sea – when the Israelites sang and danced on the opposite shore in Honour of God who had intervened.  Unfortunately, like with the Gush settlers, it is the innocent people that suffer – now, it will probably be the poor in Louisiana.  The rulers seem to go scot free.  After Katrina, may the media, who are the dedicated puppets of the evil rulers,  swallow their scoffing remarks after the ‘Disengagement’ from the homes and properties of the citizens of New Orleans, which these leaders had brought onto their own nation .

Let us remember – the Judgment belongs to God!

Note also other similarities between Gush Katif and Gulf Coast, Katrina:

Gush Katif on the Mediterranean Coast  The Gulf Coast in USA
Katif    Katrina
The bodies of the dead to be dug up, against Jewish Law, and reburied outside of Gush Katif Bodies floating in the streets, with a pre-declared risk (now materialized – Ed) that even coffins in the historic grave yard could be washed up
In line with Sharon and Bush’s decree for making Gush Katif ‘Judenrein’- on Sunday 28 August Gush Katif was declared “empty of (Jewish) residents,”

Most of Gush Katif’s some 10 000  evicted residents found themselves without homes or jobs, without money, and their assets either in military stores in containers somewhere in the desert  or exposed to looting in their abandoned homes,  They found themselves virtually on Israeli streets, irrespective of government claims to the contrary

The next day Katrina struck New Orleans, and 2 days later New Orleans was declared ‘uninhabitable’, leaving up to 500 000 people (in the greater area) homeless.  Looting was rife in the devastated areas, with police running out of fuel for their vehicles and no jails for locking up looters!



10,000 patriotic Jews were expelled from Gush Katif – out of a total Jewish population in Israel of 6 million:

10 000 divide by 6 000 000 = 0,17%

500 000 in N.Orleans are left homeless,

total US pop. 300 000 000

500 000 divide 300 000 000 = 0,17%

Bush now has his sights on the so-called ‘West Bank’ of Israel a.k.a. Samaria (Shomron) which he wants to make ‘Judenrein’ of an initial 60 000 Jews – and thereafter the rest, some 180 000 residents.  So, multiply Katrina with 7 (i.e. Gush Katif 8500 x 7 = 59 500 ), thus, is a catastrophe 7x the impact of Katrina to follow? The area in New Orleans housing the failed pump stations, is called ‘the West Bank’



Whereas – in Gush Katif the settlers were outnumbered some 10 – 1 by military and police forces, many  dressed in specially designed new riot gear outfits, like in the movies, to drag away people from their homes – – – – – In New Orleans, even 5 days after the disaster struck, the great US Structure could not yet manage to get its troops into  the devastated areas to savepeople who were without food and water and surrounded by infested waters and to stop looting and killing
Arriving just with their clothes on their bodies, having been forcibly dragged out of their homes and bussed away to unknown destinations, distraught and exhausted settlers were told to move on 1 or 2 days later. Many evacuees, arriving hundreds of miles away after 12-hour long bus trips, without hardly food or water for days, were told to move on to other destinations.
Within a week, Gush Katif was bulldozed back to the bare desert sand that it was before Jews changed it to a coastal, highly productive agricultural paradise. Whether New Orleans will be rebuilt, is an open question at this time – but already there are suggestions that it should be ‘bulldozed’.  Guess the eventual outcome may confirm whether this was really all co-incidence or not.
The evicted settlers of Gush Katif, in their strong faith and identification under the 6-point Star of David, will continue searching for permanent settling in their Promised Land The first and main haven where survivors of New Orleans found refuge, was Texas (Pres. Bush’ s domain), the “Lone Star State”, who’s 1st national flag (Zavala flag 1836) depicted The 5-point Star of Texas rising in the West against the sinking of the 6-point star.
The status of total despisement of the mostly religious settlers by the Israeli authorities is aptly summarized in an open letter to PM Sharon by Israeli Chassidic Rabbi Lazer Brody: “… you built an antireligious government that made the status of the religious population here like that of the blacks in Alabama of the 1950’s.” After 5 days of almost total inaction of the mighty US government to come to the rescue of survivors stranded in the infested city of New Orleans, black leaders and outcries from across the world construed that it was because these survivors were mostly black and poor.  It was only when CNN repeatedly televised these increasing outcries, that Bush started moving..
A small proportion of the settlers of Gush Katif left voluntary – the rest refused to quit their properties and were forcibly removed by army and police to the order of some 10 troops to each resident! – for the entire world to behold their embarrassing ordeal on TV As most of the voluntary evacuees were removed, the troops started informing thousands of remaining citizens who refused to leave, that they would be removed forcibly from their properties.
In the weeks following the deportation, most families who found themselves virtually ‘on the street’ , were relocated to new temporary locations under cramped conditions. Evacuees were no sooner settled in new quarters in neighbouring Texas, when hurricane Rita stormed down on Texas and they had to be evacuated with the residents in the projected storm path.


Now, go to 4.2. NOW! – THE PINNACLE OF ISRAEL’S DECLINE! to read the full implication of the evil ‘disengagement’ of Gush Katif which may just perhaps, have brought this Divine retribution on the USA because of Bush’s evil decrees against the welfare of the Land of Israel.