Daily Israel Report

Gadid Residents Trying to Remain for Sabbath

Hundreds of police and soldiers were trying early Friday afternoon to round up infiltrators hiding in houses and greenhouses in Gadid, Gush Katif, before the start of the Sabbath at sundown.
By Nissan Ratzlav-Katz
First Publish: 8/19/2005, 10:18 AM / Last Update: 8/19/2005, 9:58 AM

Expulsion forces Friday morning evacuated virtually all of the youth who were perched on rooftops and in the synagogue. One girl was treated on the scene after slipping on oil she was preparing to throw from the roof on soldiers and police.

An estimated 100-200 youths have taken up positions in empty homes and green houses in Gadid, in an effort to prevent their evacuation before sundown, when the Jewish Sabbath begins. The government has stated there will be no evacuation during the Sabbath.

There remain about 10 resident families in Gadid, as well as approximately 250 supporters from outside who in the set tires on fire Friday morning to slow down the eviction forces at the entrance of the town. Security forces used a bulldozer to clear an entrance.

Most of the forced evacuation has been non-violent, as has been the case throughout the Jewish towns that have been depopulated thus far.

Those remaining in the community took out a Torah scrolls and prayed in a farewell ceremony before soldiers entered the synagogue and carried them out.

A number of families that voluntarily left Gadid on Tuesday were taken to a hotel in N'vei Ilan, in the Jerusalem area. The families explained Wednesday morning that the hotel is not at all equipped to meet their minimal needs and is not suitable to accommodate children, "not even for a Sabbath weekend."

People who were promised houses with two bedrooms, to accommodate the parents and two children, have been placed in a single room with two beds for a family of four. One of the Gadid refugees, Tzvika Goddesman, told Israel Radio this week that the families were informed that the rooms are their new homes for the next ten days, not giving them a hint what awaits them following that period.