Some 8,000 soldiers and police came to evacuate the two northern Samaria settlements of Sa-Nur and Homesh. After a bulldozer broke down Sa-Nur’s main gate, young girls wearing orange or yellow stars greeted the evacuation forces as reminders of the ways Jews were treated at the hands of the Nazis. A shofar (ram’s horn) sounded an alarm as the gate fell. Though the secular media portrayed the communities’ residents as militant extremists, the Israelis living in these two settlements would not play into their hands. Member of Knesset Arieh Eldad (National Union), who moved to Sa-Nur several months ago, said residents have turned in their weapons. “We will partake in a non-violent struggle and we hope the police and IDF will also act without using violence,” said Eldad. At the end of the day, the government will succeed in its plan to evacuate Sa-Nur and Homesh, but they will not succeed in extinguishing these Zionists’ love for their homeland. “It’s a battle of spirit against force,” one resident told reporters.
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