Thursday, August 18, 2005

"Kfar Darom Expulsion Begins - With Force

Army forces surround the synagogue in Kfar Darom and the hundreds of youths gathered in and atop it. It's unclear when the forces will make their move. Forced expulsion of the families has begun.

IDF Southern Commander Maj.-Gen. Dan Har'el said this morning, 'The evacuation of Kfar Darom will end by this evening.' Har'el was named for his uncle who was killed in the battle for Kfar Darom in 1948.

The evacuation and destruction of Kfar Darom is expected to be even more violent than that of most of N'vei Dekalim yesterday. Hundreds of youths are gathered atop and inside the synagogue, while the 85 families are not planning to leave their homes without resistance.

The Medrashah building, which was filled with people resisting the expulsion, was forcibly evacuated in the late morning hours.

The police and army forces have begun to evacuate the families, with each house a military and emotionally charged operation in and of itself. In one case, a force of some 15 soldiers arrived, and the commander demanded to be let in so that he could remove the inhabitants. The young father refused, and finally the soldiers forced the door open. They did not enter, but continued talking to the father. He said, 'If you wish to come in just to talk, then of course we'll let you in; we always welcome guests. But if you wish to throw us out, why should we let you in? What did we do bad? We live here!'

The soldiers went in anyway, and the family greeted them with a surprise: A birthday party for their daughter Emunah. They began singing, 'Happy birthday to Emunah,' leaving the soldiers in one of the few situations for which, most likely,"

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