DRAMATIC SCENES FROM GAZA AS SETTLERS BATTLE ISRAELI ARMY
by Joe Shea
American Reporter Correspondent
THE GAZA STRIP (Reporting from Bradenton, Fla., Aug. 18, 2005, 12:14pm EST) -- The last desperate battle for Gaza between Israeli settlers and the Israeli Army is unfolding now in dramatic scenes fom the Gaza Strip on CNN.
In many ways, the rooftop battle for a synagogue in Gaza is the last gasp of the settlers' effort to resist evacuation from the occupied portions of Palestine.
The Army is being extremely considerate of the settlers, who are on the roof of a synagogue. The fight resembles a giant fraternity food fight, but it is about as peaceful a fight as anyone can imagine. There are no efforts on either side to hurt anyone involved.
The settlers on the roof are throwing bottles of some kind of watery blue substance - apparently paint thinner - and are shooting streams of putty from plastering guns that fall on the shields and helments of the soldiers trying to assault the roof from ladders from the ground, as teenagers try to wrestle megaphones from soldiers who have gained the roof.
Soldiers on the ground are rushing to get the blue liquid off them, but there seems to be no panic. Many of the soldiers are removing their clothes and are in their underwearm, but seem unharmed.
At the roof's edge are coiled strands of concertina wire, offering a flimsy but sharp and somewhat effective barrier to the soldiers, a few of whom have now reached the roof. All the soldiers and apparently all the settlers are unarmed.
Defending the removal of the settlers and praising Israeli Prime Minister Artiel Sharon, the U.S. Ambassador to Israel told CNN, "It is our interest to have Gaza open, free and prosperous ... but it has to be secure."