Monday, August 15, 2005

Gaza pullout begins

Eviction notices are being served today as the deadline for the Gaza pullout has arrived. As expected, many of the Jewish settlers are not going easily with some of them locking community gates and others forming human chains:

Police and soldiers waited patiently in the sweltering sun and avoided confrontation at the behest of their commanders. One sobbing settler pleaded with a brigadier general not to evict him before the two men embraced.

"It's a painful and difficult day, but it's a historic day," said Israel's defense minister, Shaul Mofaz.

Palestinians showed their usual class and restraint:

Israeli troops fired in the air Monday to keep back hundreds of Palestinians, including a few dozen masked gunmen, who were marching toward southern Gaza's Gush Katif bloc of settlements in celebration of the impending withdrawal. The crowd burned a cardboard model of an Israeli settlement, complete with an army watchtower.

That's the spirit, guys. And what would a pullout be without the predictable nose-rubbing by Hamas:

In Gaza City, the Islamic terrorist group Hamas hung banners proclaiming the pullout is a result of attacks by militants on Israelis. "The blood of martyrs has led to liberation," one banner said.

Those Hamas guys can sure turn a phrase. Great bunch of folks. I see nothing but good coming out of this agreement. The love in the air is so thick you could just fire bullets into it.

Gaza Settlers Confront Soldiers