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Wednesday, August 17, 2005
For obvious reasons I can’t say too much, but what an amazing day today was.

Having learned the lessons of Monday, I drove down South today with the goal of getting into Gush Katif.

Along the way I picked up some hitchhikers with similar goals.

To make a very long story short, we actually made it to the entrance of Gaza, where we then got arrested and eventually released.

But before getting that far ourselves, we helped numerous other people advance towards similar goals.

I learned some lessons about the Jewish people, from people we met along the way.

There are amazing people in this country!
Dedicated people. Loving people. Tenacious people. Jewish people.

I feel sorry for the soldiers coerced into a mission they hate and can’t accept, and I appreciate all the “underhanded” assistance we received from them.

The smiles on their faces when they saw us break through (or when they purposely ignored our rather incongruous presence smack in the middle of their heavily guarded and “impenetrable” army base) was enough to make the trip worthwhile.

I even had the opportunity to have an interesting conversation with one cop who interrogated me, but overall I am still having trouble sympathizing with them.

While the cop said he didn’t identify with the settlers and he kept trying to avoid the subject, I eventually got him to admit that he is very uncomfortable with this mission

Cries of “The Calvary is Coming” whenever we called my contacts in Gush Katif and told them our progress, even though they never expected us to get anywhere near as far we did.
I'm sorry I let them down.

Leaving the CMZ after we got expelled was also an experience. Residents from every town, village, and Kibbutz along the way were out on the road. Everyone was yelling and holding up signs of support for the deportees.

Many other people we met were bringing supplies to the deportees to help ease their stark physical circumstances.

Sharon may have destroyed Gush Katif, but he hasn’t destroyed the Jewish People.


JoeSettler said...

I'm slightly annoyed with myself.

I went to sleep last night and figured out how we could have gotten past that last roadblock without getting caught.

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