Thursday, August 25, 2005

Disengagement from...Tel Aviv?

Yes, according to Ynet, residents of Tel Aviv came home and found the following letter in their mailboxes yesterday:

Residents of north Tel Aviv:

According to the Disengagement Law of 2005 and in accordance with the government and by order of the prime minister, you are required to evacuate your homes and to leave the north Tel Aviv area – Shiekh Munis, no later than August 31, 2005 at 12:00 midnight.

At that time, the 'voluntary' stage of the pullout will end, and roadblocks will be placed at the entrances to Ramat Aviv, Neveh Avivim, Afka, Maoz Aviv, Hadar Yosef, Naot Afka, Ramot Tzahala, Shikun Dan and Yisgav. Further entry of Israeli civilians to these areas will be forbidden.

Beginning at midnight on August 31, 2005, it will be illegal for Jews to be present in north Tel Aviv/ Sheikh Munis.

For years, the IDF has protected the settlements of the Tel Aviv area as partners, with a feeling of national responsibility. We will carry out this mission, too, with feelings of partnership and with deep understanding for your pain.

But the IDF, as the army of a democratic country and beholden to the rule of law, will carry out its orders to the fullest.

Beginning at 12:01 on September 6, 2005, your forced eviction will begin. At that time, security forces will evict residents who have chosen to stay in the area and require security forces to clash with in order to carry out the law.

I am confident your commitment to the rule of law and the continuity of our nation will guide your protests.

I pray for the wellbeing of us all – Israeli citizens resident in Tel Aviv, the IDF and police forces.

With respect and admiration,
Ariel Sharon
Director, Disengagement Program

The letter appeared to be an "official" letter, complete with IDF stamp, and referred to north Tel Aviv as Sheikh Munis, the name of the Arab village that occupied the area before Israel gained independence.

Very cute.


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