A hardcore group of protestors remains on track in their march towards the southern Gaza Strip. They are determined to make it to the Jewish settlement of Gush Katif, the final destination of a three-day trip aimed at protesting against Israel’s planned withdrawal of the Gaza Strip. But they face an equally determined police force which has cut off all entry into the occupied territories. Many of those who originally set out on Monday have now turned back. As events unfold on the ground, the Israeli parliament has rejected the last political attempt to stall the pullout plan by voting against delaying the move. Israel had already postponed the start date by three weeks so it would not coincide with a Jewish mourning period. Opponents had hoped a further delay would help bury the plan altogether. Most Israelis support the withdrawal from Gaza and a very small part of the West Bank, but a small number of ultra-nationalists are infuriated by the move saying Israelis are giving up a biblical birthright. They have said the Knesset’s decision makes no difference and that they will do all they can to obstruct the evacuation, that is due to start in mid-August.
Knesset votes against delaying Gaza pullout