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Friday, June 18, 2004

Oy Vey

Timetable for expulsion of Gaza Jews moved up - to December
Arutz Sheva: For as yet unexplained reasons, the timetable for the evacuation and expulsion of Gaza's Jews has been moved up, and is now scheduled to be completed by the end of this year.

The government of Israel voted specifically earlier this month not to approve the actual evacuation of Jewish towns in Gaza and northern Shomron. The Cabinet decision states that a vote on the evacuation will take place only several months from now.

Despite the above, the adjusted timetable now states that residents can start requesting compensation for their expulsion ten days from now; will start leaving in August; and will be physically forced out of their homes by December. If all goes according to plan - i.e., of those who drew up the new timetable - the first Jews are to leave Gaza in a month from now.

According to the original timetable, the forced expulsion was to have begun only in the summer of 2005.

The IDF is in the process of forming a special force of some 2,000 soldiers to carry out the mission of removing the Jews from their homes. A "disengagement administration" has been established in the Southern Command, headed by Col. Yossi Turjeman. Dozens of officers and soldiers will spend the next several months dealing only with preparations for the retreat. The soldiers who will actually force the residents from their homes will be carefully chosen from among those who are not expected to refuse orders. Reserve soldiers will not be picked, for instance, as their numbers include many who would refuse to carry out expulsion orders.