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Tears From 2 Security Officers, Refusals to Expel Sa-Nur Families

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

More than 200 Israelis — including 20 families from the original town — were forcibly removed from the ruins of the former northern Samaria town of Sa-Nur Wednesday night. But at least two of the security personnel tasked with the assignment broke down in tears and refused to carry it out.

IDF soldiers and Israel Police officers entered the fortress where families and their supporters had barricaded themselves Monday night, 10 years after the residents were expelled.

Sa-Nur was among the four northern Samaria communities destroyed along with all of the towns in the Jewish region of Gush Katif during the 2005 Disengagement from Gaza.

Ten years after that nightmare, many families are still living in “temporary” housing, their government compensation funding used up by the banks forcing them to continue to pay the mortgages on homes wrested from them.

Earlier this week, the residents of Sa-Nur decided it was time to re-populate their town. They gathered supplies and returned to the ruins with equipment to begin repairs.

On Wednesday night that came to a halt, as Israeli forces declared the area a closed military zone, placed barriers at the entrance and brought buses to take the families away.

By 7 am Thursday, all of those who attempted to re-populate Sa-Nur were removed.

“Relatives who stayed at the scene and even small children were hit and violently dragged to buses and truck buses brought by security forces,” families told journalists. Most were dropped off at the community of Kedumim, also located in Samaria.

At least two Border Guard Police officers refused orders to forcibly remove Jews from the site, and reportedly broke down in tears, according to several media reports.

A spokesperson for the Border Guard Police denied the refusals occurred, however, saying, “It never happened. Despite the difficulty in performing the complex tasks involved, all the soldiers completed their mission.”

Knowing the effect a second “expulsion” has had on both those who carry out the task as well as well as on those who are expelled, the families sent a letter to the prime minister and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon on Tuesday, urging them to refrain from another expulsion.

“IDF soldiers are our beloved brothers, flesh of our flesh. We demand not to repeat the trauma of the expulsion, and not to force IDF soldiers to expel us again from our homes,” they wrote.

“Placing the soldiers against their settler brothers is the addition of sin to a crime. Even if the government wants to expel Jews from their homes and their land, that should be done by police officers, and not by soldiers and Border Patrol soldiers who give the best of their years for the security of Israel.”

The expulsion of Gush Katif and northern Samaria was extremely traumatic, despite the various efforts by authorities to minimize the shock and stress both to residents and to security personnel who were involved.

The fallout from those events has continued to this day, both in the civilian and political sector.

Hana Levi Julian

The Soldiers Always Let Us Pass

Monday, July 27th, 2015

I read a story in the paper over the weekend, and it reminded me of a story of my own.

The newspaper told of a family in Gush Katif. When the soldiers came to expel them from their homes, they took the Mezuza off from the doorpost and gave it to the lead soldier. They told him to return it to them in the future.

Recently they inquired about the soldier through a third party, and asked to meet with him and get their Mezuza back.

The family was told that the soldier did not want to meet with them, and he also doesn’t want to return the Mezuza, which he is still holding on to.

Before the Expulsion, when I was trying to sneak people into Gush Katif, I would pick up hitchhikers, and we’d drive down trying to get past the army/police roadblocks and into Gush Katif.

Sometimes we’d find our way blocked, and have to go off-road, driving through the fields, ditches and dirt roads. Quite an experience, especially when your car is not made for off-road driving.

We even drove right through some of the makeshift army bases, which was quite surreal (stopping for ice cream at the Gazlan).

But more often than not, if the person guarding the road was a soldier, and the policemen wasn’t standing nearby watching him, we’d ask the soldier what he thought of the Disengagement.

Most didn’t want to answer, only telling us they weren’t allowed to let us go past, and then quietly mention the policeman is watching what they say and do.

At that point I’d ask them, “What do you plan to tell your children in 10 or 20 years from now, when they ask where you where and what you did during the Disengagement?”

I’d tell them, “You have 2 options, you can tell them you followed your orders and participated in the destruction of the homes of your fellow Jews — OR you can tell them how you actively helped sneak other people past the roadblocks to fight the Disengagement.”

“Which story do you want to be able to tell your children?”

The soldiers always let us pass.

JoeSettler

Most General Staff Were Opposed Unilateral Disengagement from Gaza

Friday, July 24th, 2015

Major General Yair Naveh (Reserves), who was the commander of the Central Command during the Disengagement from Gaza in 2005, in which 8000 Jews were expelled from their homes by the Sharon Government, said that the majority of the IDF’s General Staff at the time opposed the unilateral Disengagement and believed it would lead to an increase in terrorism.

Naveh made his remarks on Reshet Bet’s “Meeting Point: with Aharon Vizner.”

Naveh said that then PM Ariel Sharon did not consult with the IDF senior officers about the Disengagement.

Vizner also asked Naveh about refusing orders.

Naveh, who is religious and one of the IDF’s first religious General Staff officers, said that if the religious soldiers had refused orders, there would not have been a religious officer in the IDF above the rank of Major for the next 50 years.

Naveh claims the IDF recognized the emotional difficulty directly participating in the Disengagement would cause certain soldiers, so those soldiers were not put in front-line Disengagement positions.

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Returning Home for a Visit

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

On Tuesday, Israelis who used to live in the northern Shomron town of Sa-Nur returned to see what was left of their former home.

The Jewish residents were expelled by the Sharon government in 2005, as part of the Disengagement.

Four towns in the Shomron were destroyed by Ariel Sharon and his forces.

Among those that came to visit were: Science Minister Danny Danon, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, Deputy Minister Ayoub Kara and MK Yinon Magal.

Science Minister Danny Danon, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, Deputy Minister Ayoub Kara and MK Yinon Magal pose for a picture during a visit in what was the Sa-Nur settlement.

Science Minister Danny Danon, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, Deputy Minister Ayoub Kara and MK Yinon Magal pose for a picture during a visit in what was the Sa-Nur settlement.

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10 Buses for 10 Years: Remembering Gush Katif

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

JERUSALEM July 2, 2015 – The International Young Israel Movement – Israel Branch (IYIM), the Gush Katif Commemoration Center and Friends of Gush Katif are organizing a unique and powerful summer program entitled “10 Buses for 10 Years: Remembering Gush Katif.

This interactive trip, marking the ten year anniversary of the withdrawal from Gush Katif, stands strong with a mission to take ten busloads of visitors, both Israelis and tourists alike, to several of the new Gush Katif communities. The hope is to show solidarity to the former residents and that we are still here with them and for them.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to meet with former Gush Katif residents, hear their stories, and see what has been accomplished in the new communities. Visitors will additionally tour the powerful Gush Katif Commemoration Center – one of three National Heritage Centers recognized by the Israeli Government. The Center introduces the story of settling rural Gush Katif in all aspects: establishment, coping with terror, the struggle, displacement and renewal.

“Ten years is a long time in the collective memory,” commented Daniel Meyer, IYIM’s Executive Director. “These people who we hugged and cried with in the summer of 2005 have largely receded from public eye and public memory. IYIM is proud that we have continued to stand with them and assist them on their journey for the past decade. We are launching this program to expand our support from personal back to national and International. This very special group of people is a living example of King Solomon’s timeless words: ‘A time to destroy, a time to rebuild;’ we have so much to learn from them.”

The former residents are excited about the upcoming program and look forward to welcoming the visitors and speaking about their experiences and new lives.

“We’re delighted by the International Young Israel Movement’s initiative of bringing ten buses of visitors to tour the Katif Heritage Center in Nitzan and visit renewed Gush Katif communities. We’re convinced that this tour will strengthen their feelings of partnership with the people of Gush Katif and make clear that this… must never happen again,” remarked Dror Vanunu, International Coordinator of The Gush Katif Committee.

“It’s wonderful to see so many people coming to learn about Gush Katif,” stated Shifra Shomron, of the Friends of Gush Katif Public Relations Department. “Ten years later, we still have a long path ahead of us, but we’re rebuilding our homes and our lives and thank everyone helping us in keeping the heritage of Gush Katif alive.”

Registration is now open. Please contact 10buses@iyim.org.il or refer to the International Young Israel Movement website at http://www.iyim.org.il/10buses for details and sign-up information.

Bus Dates:

o Thursday, July 16
o Monday, July 20
o Wednesday, July 22
o Friday, July 24
o Monday, July 27
o Wednesday, July 29

o Monday, Aug 3
o Wednesday, Aug 5
o Monday, Aug 10
o Wednesday, Aug 12

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Aryeh Deri – Shas Will Expel Jews From Their Homes [video]

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

In a Channel 20 interview, Shas party chief Aryeh Deri tried to explain to the interviewer that on national issues, the positions of Shas are very far away from the positions of the Left.

Deri explains that he is against dividing Jerusalem and he is against uprooting large settlements, though he is for a political process [with the Palestinian Authority].

The interviewer then asks Aryeh Deri about uprooting small settlements.

Aryeh Deri responds that yes, he is for uprooting “isolated” Jewish communities.

Will Deri and Shas support expelling 10,000 “isolated” Jews from their homes? 20,000? 30,000? What’s his upper limit?

As the infamous quote says, “We established what you are, now we’re just haggling over the price.”

Watch and weep: (video may take a few seconds to load)

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Another Ambush in Jerusalem as Media Ignores ‘Silent Intifada’

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Arab rioters attacked Jewish motorists in eastern Jerusalem Tuesday night in what has become a “silent intifada” thanks to establishment media’s generally ignoring frequent violence.

Arab rioters attacked several cars whose occupants were on their way on the eve of Hoshana Raba, the last day of Sukkot, to learn Torah at the “Beit HaHoshen,” in the heart of a hostile and almost entirely Arab neighborhood above Wadi Joz in eastern Jerusalem.

Shuki Set wrote on the Rotter.net website that he and his son were driving to Beit HaHoshen when they got stuck in a traffic jam, a ready-made setting for Arab violence.

“Arabs suddenly struck our car with rocks at point-blank range,” he wrote. “The kicked the car and smashed the side mirrors, but there was nowhere to flee. We simply stood there like sitting ducks, hoping we would not be physically harmed.

“Suddenly, one of the rioters heaved a huge rock and smashed the back window.”

The driver barely was able to escape the ambush, and he called the police. He discovered that there were other families who were on their way to learn and who also were attacked.

“This Jerusalem!” he wrote. [It is] two minutes from Hebrew University. Where are the police” Where are the authorities?

“I never felt so ashamed and helpless in my life.

“I hope the government will start to exercise its sovereignty over our capital. If we don’t stop this erosion in Beit Hanina, the rioters will get to the Mount of Olives and then Rehavia,” an upscale neighborhood near downtown Jerusalem.

We have news for Shuki. Arab attacks on Jews traveling to and from the Mount of Olives as well as the nearby Maaleh Zeitim neighborhood are almost daily events.

The establishment rarely report on them.

Why?

Because their agenda is that “United Jerusalem” includes Ramot and Gilo, maybe Talpiot, Pisgat Ze’ev and French Hill, but does not include anywhere else where Jews live in eastern, southern and northern Jerusalem.

The media silence is somewhat reminiscent of the Arab violence in Gush Katif from the 1990s until the day in the summer of 2005 that the Sharon administration expelled 9,000 Jews from Gaza and withdrew the entire military, down to the last soldier.

The establishment newspapers, website and TV and radio stations only reported violence when someone was killed or badly injured, and they twisted the reportage to push their agenda that things would be a lot more peaceful if the Jews simply would go away.

Even the media snobs in Tel Aviv know today that the result was they also had to hide in bomb shelters to protect themselves from missiles fired in Gaza.

If Israel’s media and political leaders really had learned the lesson, they would not ignore the daily violence in eastern Jerusalem that, thanks to the self-muzzling, has become a “silent intifada.”

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu last week finally broke the silence and ordered police to crack down on Arab attackers “to ensure the safety of Jerusalem.”

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat occasionally stands up and makes a nice speech that the police are not doing enough to protect Jews in eastern Jerusalem.

Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch, arguably one of the worst ministers ever to hold the portfolio, insists that his office has zero tolerance towards the rioters” and that hundreds of arrests have been carried out.

Arrests usually end up in in the revolving door, but he often claims violence is on the decrease. He usually does so at almost the same time rioters prove him wrong.

The attitude of the establishment media was best-expressed in a recent editorial in Haaretz, the left-wing bastion to which foreign media turn for their “knowledge” of Israel.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

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