Clashes, tears in Neve Dekalim
Thousands of soldiers, police enter Neve Dekalim, force infiltrators onto buses; heartbreaking scenes at community synagogues. Several other communities to be evacuated Wednesday. In some communities, residents agree to leave voluntarily. Disengagement Authority: About 60 percent of Gush Katif residents already left
(VIDEO) Evacuation under way: Hundreds of youngsters who barricaded themselves in a Neve Dekalim synagogue Wednesday left it after rabbis and former Knesset Member Hanan Porat instructed them to disrupt evacuation forces. The youngsters, who were told to sit on the ground and prevent buses from leaving, are clashing with police.
“We have the power to exhaust the system,” Porat said.
Earlier, Thousands of police and soldiers who entered Gush Katif’s “capital” Neve Dekalim Wednesday morning evacuated dozens of infiltrators from synagogues in the community and forced them onto buses.
Some of the youngsters left quietly and boarded the buses sobbing, while others clashed with security forces.
Evacuation in Neve Dekalim (Video: Channel 2)
Security forces asked residents to remain in their homes in order to isolate the infiltrators, but some of the infiltrators stormed a bus and broke its windows. At 10 a.m., a first bus carrying evacuated youngsters made its way out of the Gaza Strip. The youngsters were crying and yelling: “Get out of here, how can you enjoy the expulsion of Jews.”
Meanwhile, the settlements of Bdolah, Morag, and Ganei Tal,Tel Katifa, Atzmona, Kerem Atzmona, Gan-Or, and Shalev are also expected to be evacuated on Wednesday.
Settler removed in Neve Dekalim (Photo: AFP)
"The residents of Ganei Tal have agreed to leave peacefully following the afternoon prayer service at 1 p.m.," said a press release. Residents said they were instructed to leave their homes by community Rabbi Gabi Kadosh.
"Some individuals may decide to stay and fight, but the rabbi told us to leave," they said.
Around 10 a.m., an IDF force entered the home of Knesset Member Zvi Hendel, who resides in the community. Hendel received the troops in his living with watermelon and said there is no one who can explain to him what utility the pullout will serve.
Troops move in (Photo: AFP)
“The entire army turned into yes men,” he said.
By Tuesday afternoon, just 17 of the 85 families who lived at Ganei Tal had left. Currently, there are approximately 150 people there.
Atzmona: IDF sources say the army is negotiating with residents in an attempt to agree on an evacuation Wednesday. Settlers were given an ultimatum to leave by the afternoon. Later, police said the talks failed.
Netzarim: Residents are working on an agreement with the IDF that will see them leaving voluntarily early next week. Once a deal is reached, the residents will leave in an orderly manner and the IDF would not have to evacuate the community by force
Wednesday morning, large convoys carrying soldiers left the army camp at Re'im, near Gaza, on the way to several settlements in Gush Katif. At one point, dozens of anti-pullout protesters blocked the road to Gaza's Kissufim junction, forcing the convoys to stop.
The protesters sat on the road, singing the national anthem, and refused to budge, but police forces called to the scene began clearing the road for the buses.
A convoy comprising hundreds of vehicles, including buses, trucks, and police cruisers, entered Gaza at 6 a.m. through the Kissufim crossing.
Meanwhile, the Disengagement Authority said about 60 percent of Gush Katif residents, or 850 families, left their homes voluntarily before the evacuation began. About 180 families arrived in hotels Wednesday morning.
Ynet reporters in the field:
Efrat Weiss, Neve Dekalim
Ronny Sofer, Neve Dekalim
Ilan Marciano, Neve Dekalim
Yaron Brenner, Neve Dekalim
Hanan Greenberg, Morag
Roee Nahmias, Ganei Tal
Aya Ben-Amos, Morag
Miri Chason, Netzer Hazani
Ahiya Raved, Shirat HaYam
Tani Goldstein, Tel Katifa
Doron Sheffer, Kissufim
Attila Somfalvi, with the forces
Diana Bahur-Nir, Disengagement Authority