Jewish Journal

The Settler Is Free….

by Orit Arfa

July 10, 2013 | 11:08 am

This is a hugely emotional moment for me. This is the moment I let my baby run free into the world. By "baby," I mean my debut novel, The Settler.

Those who have followed my musings about Israel throughout the years might know that I have been obsessed with the aftermath of Israel's withdrawal from Gaza in 2005 and the novel I've written about it. I cried for this book, my heart bled for this book, and, of course, I drank lots of alcohol for this book. I spent countless of dollars and hours investing in a novel to challenge the way people think about Israel, the Middle East, and the world--through their hearts as much as minds.

That is why I called it The Settler, after the "settlers" of Israel, one of the most misunderstood and maligned populations in Israel, the people living in the West Bank/Judea & Samaria. And how fitting that I moved to Ariel - the City of Samaria two months ago and became a "settler" just in time for the launch of my novel.

The Settler has enabled me to develop my worldview and clear up my confusion about Israel following the breakdown I had with Zionism when I was forcefully evacuated by my own army from the main Gush Katif synagogue almost eight years ago. It is not auto-biographical but draws from some of my experiences.

It follows Sarah Dakar, a college freshman dragged out of her home by the Israel Defense Forces in that fateful summer of 2005. She escapes the pain of her evacuation and the values she held dear through the sizzling nightlife world of Tel Aviv. It is sure to enlighten and upset people across the religious and political spectrum.

It is the story about one of Israel's most historic, painful events, but one that has hardly been told...until now. Purchase the eBook here. 


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Orit Arfa can aptly be described as a Renaissance Woman. A writer of fiction, non-fiction and music, a painter, and a Zionist activist, Orit’s interests span many media.


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