Training to Expel Jews (INN-ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) 01/31/05)
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A Border Guard police base near Beit Horon in the Binyamin region –
northwest of Jerusalem – is being turned into an expulsion training
Thousands of Border Guardsmen will be trained there to carry out the
mission of removing close to 9,000 Jews from their homes in northern
Samaria and Gush Katif.
The training course includes breaking into houses, isolating homes in
which opponents of the plan have holed themselves up, and dealing
with those inside. Destroying buildings and arresting groups of
resisters are also featured in the course.
The trainees will take breaks from their physical training with
lectures and workshops on democracy, refusal, civil rights and the
No fewer than 18,000 policemen will take the course in the coming
At the same time, some withdrawal opponents are stepping up their
efforts to encourage policemen and soldiers to refuse orders to expel
Jews from their homes in the Land of Israel. Over 10,000 soldiers and
policemen have already signed their commitment not to fulfill orders.
Police and Border Guard officials say that refusers will be fired
outright, while those who fulfill the orders will receive a pay raise.
At least one commanding officer, in a recent letter accompanying a
reserves call-up notice to his soldiers, noted prominently that the
tour of duty does not include missions related to the
disengagement/expulsion. In the apparent fear that soldiers might not
want to show up for duty, the commander wrote, "The dates of active
duty do not correlate to the expected dates for the disengagement,
such that dilemmas regarding this matter are not relevant."
Posters at last night´s giant anti-disengagement rally showed a
picture of a soldier about to enter a Yesha home, greeted by a sad-
faced family of young parents and several children standing in
apprehension at the door. The caption reads, "Commander, I can´t do
it." (IsraelNationalNews © 01/31/05)
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