The Israeli army said it would begin the eviction by clearing out this settlement — one of 21 Gaza communities — because it has attracted thousands of Israelis who plan to resist the evacuation. The enforced removal of residents is expected to begin later today. A convoy of armored vehicles miles long made its way into the Gaza Strip just hours before the start of the evacuation. Israeli army radio reported that not since the Arab-Israel war had there been such a large presence of military vehicles in southern Israel.
The Gaza Strip, From Disengagement to Operation Cast Lead:
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Gaza first appears in the Tanach as a Philistine city, the site of Samson's dramatic death. Jews finally conquered it in the Hasmonean era, and continued to live there. Gaza is within the boundaries of Shevet Yehuda in Biblical Israel see Genesis 15 , Joshua , Kings and Judges and therefore some have argued that there is a Halachic requirement to live in this land. The earliest settlement of the area is by Avraham and Yitzhak , both of whom lived in the Gerar area of Gaza.
The Gazans speaking Hebrew 15 years after Israel left
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Harvest Bloc was a bloc of 17 Israeli settlements in the southern Gaza strip. In August , the Israeli army carried out the Cabinet's decision and forcibly removed the 8, residents of Gush Katif from their homes. Their communities were demolished as part of Israel's unilateral disengagement from the Gaza Strip. Gush Katif was located on the southwestern edge of the Gaza Strip, bordered on the southwest by Rafah and the Egyptian border, on the east by Khan Yunis , on the northeast by Deir el-Balah , and on the west and northwest by the Mediterranean Sea. A narrow one kilometer strip of land populated by Bedouins known as al-Mawasi lay along the Mediterranean coast.