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Thursday, August 18, 2005

Tears

As I watch the footage from Neve Dekalim in real time, tears stream down my face. For everyone. For these settlers, who are clearly full of so much pain at having to evacuate their lives. But I have cried many tears for the people being evacuated. Today most of my pain is for the soldiers. Many of these chayalim are teens themselves. And here they are, gently removing one protester at a time from the human chains, gingerly detangling the tallis one was wearing so that it could be reunited with its owner, all while listening to chants of "Lo Megaresh Yehudi Yehudi!" (a Jew does not expel a Jew). In any other place and time, the law enforcement would be breaking out the batons, the tear gas canisters. In what other country could a protester push a policeman, or attempt to pull off parts of their uniforms, as is occuring here, without getting beaten, or at the very least, arrested? In what other country would every law enforcement official who walks in to evacuate protesters engaged in civil disobedience be completely unarmed? I'm crying for the soldiers' tears that will probably come later.

Mi Keamcha Yisrael?

31 Comments:

Blogger Gil Student said...

One also wonders about the religious thoughts of these soldiers. Were they impressed? Did it evoke religious feelings? Or the opposite?

10:19 AM  
Blogger Krunk said...

Yeah,that thought hurts.Poor kids.

11:04 AM  
Blogger ari said...

Great post.It is so sad that almost all North American Newspapers seem to capture pictures that dont really depict what's going on.Why have I only seen on Haretz and other Israeli papers pictures of soldiers crying with protesters? It is a travesty that the whole world can't see this. It is I believe a true KIdush Hashem.

11:10 AM  
Anonymous shanna said...

ari - I have seen several pictures of soldiers crying on the NY TImes web site.

11:27 AM  
Blogger Jack's Shack said...

I knew that this would bother me but I never realized just how very disturbing I would find it.

I really am anxious for it to end. The healing needs to begin soon.

11:31 AM  
Blogger ari said...

shanna- maybe websites, but in the papaers its very rare.

11:48 AM  
Blogger Michael said...

Check out this first-hand account by a chayelet in Yediot today:
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3129515,00.html

12:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These soldiers and policemen have engaged in a crime against humanity.I was only following orders is not acceptable,nor are their tears.they should simply have claimed to be ill on expulsion day and let that fascist pig Sharon do the dirty work himself.
The IDF has been used against it's own citizens.

12:30 PM  
Blogger rebba shlita said...

firstly this happening because yes kol arevim..... and these same people being evicted at one time or another have been in the army as well. but i can't stop thinking what would happen if the army took B.Bs lead and just walk away or refuse to carry out the orders, are you going to court marshal a whole country?? yes it is a suggestion but not far fetched.

1:04 PM  
Blogger Balabusta in Blue Jeans said...

Such images...I hope the army has considered not only how they expect their soldiers to behave, but also how they'll put them back together afterwards. This must be incredibly hard.

1:35 PM  
Blogger Just Passing Through said...

I spent hours today watching this. I couldn't peel myself away and do any work. Heart-breaking.

2:15 PM  
Blogger Jameel @ The Muqata said...

Sorry Orthomom - you're post is pathetic.

The soldiers that came into people's houses and through them out deserve everything coming at them. You seem to have missed all the violence...or it was sanitzed out of USA television. I am personally hosting a family of Neve Dekalim refugees. I had to take their son today to get his glasses fixes, because the kindhearted soldiers broke them while dragging this 11 year old out of this house. His parents have no money, they lost their jobs (which were in Neve Dekalim), their possessions are all still in Neve Dekalim, and tomorrow I'm taking them to buy clothes for shabbat. The "generous" hotel they were dumped into in Natzrat Elite was being CHARGED against the reparations they may see some day. They couldn't handle being in the hotel (and have it come out of what little money they may see) so I took them to my home. First of all - its a normal environment, and familiar. (settlement) It gave the family time to cry, a time to adjust, and now they are clueless where to start rebuilding their lives. You want a solider? Today in Kfar Darom, a soldier broke down and told his officer that he couldn't drag people out of a shul. The soldier (who saved his soul) was grabbed by 6 policemen and dragged away and arrested.

I was arrested many times in the US as part of SSSJ, and on behald of Natan Sharansky and not once did a law-enforcement official hurt me as much as the Israeli police and IDF are doing to these people while evicting them from their homes.

I hope you're happy and can sleep at night now. I'm the one paying the price (happily) and hosting my fellow Jews, paying their bills and buying them clothes for shabbat.

2:52 PM  
Blogger Gil Student said...

Have you ever dragged a kid? I have, and it is almost impossible not to hurt them somehow. If the kid had just walked he wouldn't have had a problem.

Why are all their possessions still in Neve Dekalim? Why are they forced to stay in a hotel?

They had months notice, no? They couldn't have packed in advance and made some sort of arrangement with friends, relatives, a charitable agency? Did the religious community really do nothing to prepare for this?

3:12 PM  
Blogger Gil Student said...

The front page story of today's NY Times is "Tearfully but Forcefully, Israel Removes Gaza Settlers" and has a picture of crying female soldiers carrying a weeping woman in orange!

http://www.nytimes.com/pages/pageone/scan/index.html

3:17 PM  
Blogger Still Wonderin' said...

"broke his glasses"

jameel, sorry, but you sound like naive carrying on like this. Another time, another place, another soldier/combatant -- the kid would be worrying about the soldier who broke his FACE, forget about his glasses.

It's a sick situaiton, but the holiness of the Jewish people is showing, nonetheless. Mi K'amcha Yisroel???

4:04 PM  
Blogger rebba shlita said...

gil student,


just shut up. i sounds to me that you are not even jewish. i would love to see you get an eviction notice not only from your home but from your city and from your job. sounds to me like you have been handed everthing in life and did not have to work for it. welcome to the real world. if you really believe what you said then your a real idiot. and do think for a second as you said that only the religious stayed, this is a tragedy for any type of jew!!!! i know blame it on the frum jew, the one that keeps the shabbos and holidays and serves g-d 24-7 because had nothing to do with the ones that have strayed. wake up we are all to blame. we all must do teshuva.NOW!!!!

4:27 PM  
Anonymous uncle moishy said...

Clearly the Israeli authorities could have been more patient. Look how long they gave the Arabs holed up in the church in Bethlehem to negotiate a relatively graceful exit early on in the current Intifada. But in Bethlehem they also withheld food and water and power. Would the settlers have preferred a week or two under those terms?

On the other hand, the Israeli authorities could have been more forceful too (e.g., by carrying weapons).

Jameel, I don't buy your comment about being treated better by the US police during the SSSJ days. You were either very lucky back then or are letting your nostalgia take over. Don't you remember the mounted NY Tactical Police?

And as for your houseguests and others facing similar straits, we can only hope that the Israeli gov't will take a more lenient stance towards those who -- whether due to politics or denial or procrastination or groupthink -- didn't plan for this day (even while others did).

7:33 PM  
Anonymous onionsoupmix said...

I'm upset about the kids. Those children in gush katif will have post traumatic stress syndrome of some kind or another. Why didn't their parents make it easier for them and just move out earlier ? Many of the frum world will blame it all on the evil government, yaddah, yaddah, but I think it is ultimately the responsibility of the parents. Why would anyone allow harm to come to their children just for the purpose of a political statement ?

10:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

onionsoupmix -
cause they treat their kids like bargaining chips and weapons. (just like some other groups of people we know)
-alan scott

12:03 AM  
Blogger respondingtojblogs said...

Thanks, OM. You say the things my machismo will not let me.

12:30 AM  
Blogger Jameel @ The Muqata said...

The psychologists that spoke to my friends from Gush Katif said that having their kids fight for thier home is good closure, having had 6000 mortars shot at their homes. The soldiers will probably be alot more traumatized than the kids.

The NYPD never use mounted police against a SSSJ demo that I went to.

When they were finally dragged out of their home, they asked if they could drive out in their car. The fun loving IDF soldiers told them they can't, and the cost of having their car towed would be deducted from their reparations.

I assume the tefillin stomping Jewish Border police hasn't made the english press.

Lastly - you don't buy tachrichin before someone dies.

Shabbat Shalom.

8:26 AM  
Blogger DovBear said...

Why is so much energy being wated compalining about the coverage?

What's the matter with people? (especially Cross currents which posts 3 times on the subject of how awful the NYT is, as Jews were being dragged out of their homes)

The coverage was nto bad, as those of us who actually read the newspaper understand. If you doubt me, go to the NYT webpage, and see for yourself. Start with the slide shows.

1:01 AM  
Blogger orthomom said...

DB...Wha? Where did anyone complain about the coverage on this thread? I'm not quite sure what you're talking about...

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