Monday, August 15, 2005

It does not happen very often that you are aware that you are watching history being made. At midnight, as my wife was sleeping beside me, I watched as the entrance to the Gaza Strip at the Kissufim junction was closed. This morning I also saw on television the first confrontations between settlers and the officers who came to tell them that they have 48 hours to leave their homes. It is all a bit unreal: right after watching the news I had breakfast and watched a videotaped rerun of Spin City. Then I turned on the news again and saw tires being burnt at Neve Dekalim. This settlement, dubbed the capital of Gush Katif, is expected to be one of the toughest spots as far as the evacuation is concerned. Tonight the place also saw some incidents:
"... hundreds of Gush Katif youths, both residents and illegal infiltrators, blocked the entrance gate into the nearby settlement of Neveh Dekalim to block any troops who may attempt to enter it. The youths lit up bonfires on the road and blocked it to traffic. They slashed the tires of army jeeps making their way into Neveh Dekalim and also surrounded a stranded army jeep with four soldiers in the vehicle. Rabbi Shlomo Aviner, head of the Ateret Cohanim yeshiva, came to the scene and tried to persuade the rioters with a loudspeaker to disperse. A major brawl broke out as several youths tried to assault Aviner while others protected the rabbi. The army jeep left the area only an hour later as the brawl subsided. "
Some of the settlers ( or more probably: some of their so-called supporters ) give a totally new meaning to non-violence, just like they have very special ways of showing their love for the Land, e.g. by poisoning the air with thick black smoke by burning tires. And this is before even one house has been evacuated by the army.
Now I go back to work. Later this morning I will go to the post office, send two presents from our children to their cousins in Holland, send eight blue and orange ribbons to a Dutch woman living in Israel who uses the ribbons for her work with handicaped children and submit some request to an American-Jewish organization.

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