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      Campaign Has Already Begun in Gush Katif

      Teams of Gush Katif residents have already begun visiting Likud members' homes in the southern region. Equipped with informational kits, including maps and a short CD film, they're putting a human face on Prime Minister Sharon's expulsion plan.
      First Publish: 4/19/2004, 3:30 PM / Last Update: 4/19/2004, 2:42 PM

      Teams of Gush Katif residents have already begun visiting Likud members' homes in the southern region. Equipped with informational kits including maps and a short CD film, the Gush Katif supporters are putting a human face on Prime Minister Sharon's disengagement/expulsion plan.

      Organizers in Kfar Darom and elsewhere say that the teams' initial impression is that many of the Likud members simply do not know much about Gush Katif. Watching the movie and having a heart-to-heart talk with someone who lives in the region has made a significant number of "undecideds" change their minds to "against."

      In one case, one Likud member opened his door and announced, "You'll be wasting your time with me, I'm with Omri Sharon and you have no chance." Despite all, the visitors asked to come in and talk with him. For over an hour they talked of the many years of building, and the synagogues and the schools and the agriculture and the security - and he did not give in. Finally, they pulled out their last weapon, saying, "Seeing is believing." The man watched the film on his computer, and as he saw the homes and children and flowering greenhouses, his eyes began to glisten. As the movie ended, he said, "That's it, you've convinced me. I'm now with you and I'll vote against."