Monday, September 12, 2005

The Disengagement: a Time of Comment

The following are several views of things surrounding the disengagement.

Hamas vows to continue the armed resistance to liberate and defend our people. We will not rest until we liberate all Palestinian land crowned by Jerusalem. This, as we all know, is the code the Palestinians continually use to speak about the destruction of Israel. A response to this was the Palestinian interior ministry has announced that no armed groups would be tolerated in the Gaza Strip after Israel leaves, putting Hamas and the main ruling Fatah party on a collision course ahead of elections in January.

This vow was followed up by two rockets hitting Israel . The rockets hit near the town of Yad Mordekhai without causing casualties or damage and near Sederot also without casualties or damage. This is also, in all likelihood, partially in response to Minister of Defense Sha'ul Mofaz's statements that violence will be met with the a military response.

This article contains the Arab view on the situation and contains such non-rhetoric as "The Israelis, so-called children of god, allege that god gave them these lands that they so brutally occupied. Now, the Israelis and their supporters have to explain to themselves, why god has just ejected them out of Gaza. Let the synagogues stand forever as monuments to those who claim to understand what god is and what he." I recommend this article as a conceptual one for the Arab view of Israel and the World.

Israel’s Peace Partner At Work is an article from Arutz Sheva that summarizes much of the above information.

These situations really do make me question the wisdom of the disengagement action. Only time will tell if the disengagement is a positive.

UPDATE: Arutz Sheva is reporting that the Israeli police have issued an alert to protect Mosques as they fear there may be reprisals in response to the burning and destruction of the Gazan Synagoges. Police Fear Reprisals

UPDATE 2: is reporting that the Chief Rabbi of Tel Aviv has cautioned against the damaging of the holy sites of other religions. The Chief Rabbi said "It is not our way. The country must do all it can to prevent any irresponsible actions that could spark off hatred and cause bloodshed and suffering." (updated at 4:04pm 9/12/05)

Why weren't the police worried about Jews being evicted from their homes in Gush Katif? Or, why weren't they worried about Jews destroying Jewish Shuls?

I really don't have an answer for the questions your asking.

I will say that I find it intereting that the Cabinet voted at the last minute to not destroy the synagoges, when they had voted last year at the beginning of the process that the synagoges would be destroyed.

I was also think the answer to the first queztion may very well be that the police didn't see the expulsion of the Jews from their homes in Gaza to be an issue that they had decisional control over.
Little Wolf: One of the saddest stories from the recent expulsion was from a family in Neve Dekalim. They had decided not to pack, and hope the evil decree of the expulsion would never happen.

Then, at 1:00 AM, the IDF soldiers came. The door was locked, and they broke down the door. The family young daughter was crying and crying and begging her family to call the police. "Eema, Eema, quickly call the police, there are people here who are destroying our home."

On my way into Gush katif 4 days later, to help friend's pack up their home, I was almost severly beaten up by a policeman. He didn't care that I had official permission to be going in. He didn't care that I was wearing an MDA EMT uniform. He didn't care that we were legally allowed to go back in.

All he cared about was smashing my face to prevent me from going in. Thank G-d, an IDF officer intervened and we were allowed to continue in.
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