Gadid emptied

Saturday, August 20, 2005 | 
The remaining families of the small community of Gadid in the Gush Katif Settlement Bloc, along with some 250 outsiders who came to stand with them, had hoped to celebrate the Sabbath at home. But after the army bulldozed the entrance gate, where residents had torched two vehicles and set tires on fire, troops entered to evacuate the remaining residents. Youth were stationed on rooftops, in empty houses and greenhouses. Ninety people who had gathered in the synagogue to pray were dragged out to buses. Rabbi Boaz Hutrer, who moved to Gadid several months ago, compared the evacuation to rape. "We are not talking about hurting the body, but hurting the soul," he said. "Just like a rape victim whose life was ruined, they're penetrating our homes and souls, and the soldiers are taking part in rape."

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