Settlers barricaded in synagogues, five settlements evacuated

Thursday, August 18, 2005 |    

While soldiers and police have managed to evacuate five settlements, some residents continue to refuse to leave voluntarily. Settlers barricaded themselves inside their Kfar Darom synagogue until 10:30 a.m., when soldiers began forcefully carrying men, women, and children out. The OC Southern Command Major General Dan Harel said the troops would evacuate the entire settlement by nightfall. In Neve Dekalim, some 1,000 youth, who came to the settlement to stand with the residents, are inside the synagogue. They refused to leave voluntarily, but would not use violence against their evacuators. The first police officer refused orders to expel them. As police and soldiers began carrying them from the synagogue, they repeatedly shouted, “Jews don’t expel Jews.” Residents of Shirat Hayam, gathered in conclaves of rooftops, are awaiting the arrival of troops to their town.

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