Monday, August 15, 2005


Gaza Closes

From The Jerusalem Post

     In a midnight ceremony at the Kissufim checkpoint, the IDF sealed the Gaza Strip to incoming Israeli civilian traffic for a final time, marking the beginning of the end of a 38-year presence.
A barrier was lowered bearing two red signs – one in English and one in Hebrew – stating that entry into the Gaza Strip "is forbidden by law."

     Over the past few weeks, the IDF has built a large gate at the Kissufim site. At midnight the IDF, with only the smallest amount of pomp, closed it.
For two days, until Wednesday – when evacuation forces begin removing those settlers that have remained in their homes – the gate will remain open to traffic leaving Gaza only.

     The sealing of Gaza comes under the terms of the Disengagement Implementation Law. According to the law, Gush Katif and northern West Bank settlers have until Wednesday to leave their homes.

The next move belongs to Palestine. Let's see what they do with it.