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Protests spread against Israel's resettlement plan

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Protests spread against Israel's resettlement plan


With Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza and the West Bank less than two weeks away, settlers remain sharply divided.

Those against the plan are showing their opposition in several different ways. At Netzer Hazani, settlers gave up their guns and munitions. Other protestors tried to infiltrate the Gush Katif settlements. Most of the demonstrators have worn an orange item or emblem. The colour has been adopted by those resistant to the pull-out. Israel is withdrawing from all its 21 Gaza settlements and four more in the West Bank. In total, some 9,000 settlers will be moved. Last night, hundreds of Jews gathered at Jerusalem’s Western Wall to pray that the move will not go ahead. But that prospect looks unlikely as the Israeli government says the removal will help consolidate its control over large West Bank settlement blocks.
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