Gaza pullout opponents hope to tone down violence

Monday, July 04, 2005 |    

Jewish settlement leaders and rabbis are drawing up a code of conduct aimed at preventing violence during demonstrations against the upcoming pullout from the Gaza Strip, which is just six weeks away. The initiative was launched after violent protests by militant settlers in Gaza last week. "Attempts to physically harm people and to target roads are unacceptable," settlement leader Effi Eitam told Israel Radio. "They are forbidden both by the law and by Jewish tradition, and they do not help the struggle." The charter calls for non-violent resistance, for settlers to hand in their weapons and for keeping protests within the confines of the law. The settlers are responding to public opinion. Following the violent protests, a poll showed that support for the Gaza pullout jumped from 50 to 62 percent.

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