Wednesday, August 17, 2005

The implementation of the disengagement plan seems to be going very well, if we are to believe the media ( and so much is being broadcast that I find it hard to believe that much is being hidden from our eyes ). Still, it ain't over till, well..., till when exactly? At least till the last Israeli civilian will have left the Gaza Strip.
I have enormous respect for all soldiers and police(wo)men who participate in the operation. Today I again heard some of the insults that are thrown at them. One boy who appeared to be barely past his bar-mitzvah shouted "Arabs are deporting us" when he found out that one of the soldiers was a Druze, an Ethiopian policewoman ( rather a girl, actually ) was asked if for this she had made her way through the Ethiopian desert, at Kerem Atsmona ( which consists of caravans only! ) one freak shouted all kinds of things that will happen to the soldiers if and when they reach the Afterlife, and of course there were the Holocaust references to which we have become used. At least one Israeli flag was burnt, and I saw a father hold up his crying daughter ( about ten years old ) to a soldier, telling him "Deport her" and spitting on the flag on the soldier's uniform. The girl was only one of the children who could be seen being ( mentally ) abused by their parents today. In Morag there even was a case of what was immediately called "the Jewish Michael Jackson", with a settler holding a baby-boy ( first it was thought the boy was his son, later it was said he was holding his nephew, as if it matters ) outside a window on the second floor of a house, shouting "You want him?". In Kerem Atsmona one extended family came out of their caravan with their hands raised and orange Stars of David on their clothes. All the young children were crying. You wonder how much brainwashing and psychological pressure these poor kids must have endured these last months, and sorry, I do not consider the authorities ( solely ) responsible for that. I am sure in the last few days many parents in Israel have at least once tried to imagine what it must be like to be forced by your own army and government to leave your home, but I am also sure that most of those parents would have let common sense and love for and the best interest of their children prevail over ideology. More than half of the residents of the evacuated settlements chose that option, packing and leaving until last night to spare their children and themselves the traumatic experiences that we have witnessed today and will continue to see in the next week or so.

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