Having watched the ridiculously sensationalistic, incessant video of Jewish settlers being (finally) evicted from the Gaza strip, some observations.
First, regarding the hundreds of protestors who barricaded themselves inside a synagogue, there's really no need for Israeli police to have to go in to remove them by force. Just make sure they have no access to food or water. They'll be out shortly, I guarantee it, and with far less risk of violence or injury to settlers and police alike.
Next, we have the apparent plan by the Israelis to bulldoze the settlers' houses. Ostensibly, this is for "security" purposes. The Palestinians should find this sadly familiar given that, over the years, their communities were bulldozed into the ground on a regular basis, justified either by trumped-up rationales of security, or just out of revenge:
In the southern most part of the Gaza Strip a Palestinian man sits near his young daughter and tells me that the Israeli military gave him no notice before demolishing his home. His neighbor pounded on his door shouting that the soldiers were coming. The man says all he had time to do was gather his children and run out of the house. It was one o'clock in the morning. He stood on the street with 75 other newly homeless until 5 am, not knowing where to go. He says that all of his family's belongings are under the rubble. They are left with nothing.
One might, just might, suggest that, perhaps, the Israelis might leave those settlers' houses standing as just a wee bit of compensation to the Palestinians whose homes they bulldozed into rubble. Fat chance.
And, finally, there's the issue of "compensation" to the Israeli settlers for the loss of their (illegal) homes:
Exact levels of compensation have yet to be determined, but reports say the average family could receive up to $US300,000 ($A430,000).
What's interesting is that, in some cases, the bulldozing of the settlers' homes doesn't appear to have anything to do with security. One settler promised that, after stripping her house bare of anything of value, she would have it demolished simply to keep any Arabs from living in it. To which I propose the following formula for compensation -- every Israeli settler should be compensated for precisely the value of their house based on the condition in which they left it. If they destroy it out of spite, they get fuck all.
We now return you to your regular coverage of that unprincipled, America-hating traitor, Cindy Sheehan.