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Monday, August 22, 2005

The expulsion from Gush Katif was one of the saddest days of my life.

I watched families packing up their houses crying. I watched families using sledge hammers to do as much damage to their homes as possible - some to get out their anger and frustration at the immoral situation and some so as not to leave anything for the Arabs!

I even watched people light their houses on fire!!

Some of the saddest events were watching children - 12/13 year olds - pleading with the soldiers not to expel them from their homes. Screaming at them that they are about to ruin their lives. Running from soldier to soldier aksing them "You don't have the courage to disobey an immoral order?"

Then their was the resident who was a high ranking officer from an elite unit - screaming at the soliders telling them that he taught the ethics courses to officers in the army and he knows that what they are about to do is totally against the ethical code of the army, but yet they follow the unethical orders like robots! What happened to implementing the lesson of knowing when to say NO to unethical orders?! This high ranking oficer then tore kriah on his army uniform right before the soldiers.

The expereince of watching Jews being expelled from their homes by fellow Jews was one of the saddest days of my life.

Avi Abelow
"Expelled from Netzer Hazani by Fellow Jews"

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