Thousands of right-wingers protesting against the Israeli pullout from Gaza are preparing to turn back after their march was blocked by police.
However a hard core plans to stay at Kfar Maimon, where activists are surrounded by security forces. It appears to be a losing battle, though, as the Israeli parliament has voted against delaying the Gaza withdrawal. At least 20,000 protestors have been trying to march from Netivot to the Gush Katif settlement bloc via the Kissufim crossing. There were angry scenes when police attempted to disperse the demonstrators. Security forces and youths traded blows, while officers on horseback moved into the crowd. Around a dozen people were arrested and several were injured. When police declared the protest was illegal, settlers responded defiantly, singing and dancing.