Prime Minister Ariel Sharon toured the coastal area of Nitzanim in southern Israel today, where he hopes to move thousands of Jewish settlers en masse after their evacuation from the Gaza Strip this summer. While some Gaza settlers have agreed to Sharon's plan, many others refuse. “The people here want to stay home,” Gaza settler Rachel Sapperstein told Israel Radio. “We have become a symbol for all of Israel for resistance against the ethnic cleansing of Jews from this area.” Environmentalists also oppose the Nitzanim plan, saying it would destroy the last unspoiled area of coastline in Israel. The Nitzanim sandunes are located north of Gaza, between the Mediterranean port city of Ashdod and Ashkelon. (A full page “israel today” interview with Rachel Sapperstein appears in the April edition of our magazine.)
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