Samaria Rally Draws 20,000 (INN-ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) 04/29/05)
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More than 20,000 supporters of Jewish communities in northern
Samaria rallied in the villages of Homesh and Sa-Nur Thursday
afternoon following a huge rally in Gush Katif the previous day.
The two towns, along with Kadim and Gadid, are slated to be
demolished and its residents forced out of their homes under the
government plan to turn the area over to the Palestinian Authority
Knesset member Aryeh Eldad (National Union) told the crowd in Homesh
that if the government tried to execute the plan, protestors "will
sit on the roads and stop the country" from moving. Eldad on
Wednesday addressed the Gush Katif rally and called for "civil
disobedience," a term many politicians interpreted as "rebellion."
MK Yitzchak Levy (formerly of the NRP and now with the New Religious
Zionism party) said, "We are not fighting the army or the police. We
turn to [Prime Minister Ariel] Sharon to stop this craziness.
Everyone knows this plan is dangerous.
Benny Shalom, one of the founders of Homesh, told the crowd that the
government will not be able to remove the residents if all of the
people at the rally join them during the attempted evacuation.
Sa-Nur resident Yossi Dagan said that his community has tripled its
population since Sharon announced the plan to withdraw Jewish
soldiers and residents from 25 communities, four in Samaria and 21
in Gaza. A yeshiva also has moved from Kiryat Arba to Sa-Nur in the
past few weeks.
Organizers were delighted with the number of supporters, double the
10,000 who were estimated to attend. (IsraelNationalNews © 04/29/05)
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