|No one is happy about leaving Gaza. It was not well-planned or discussed, it was just *done*.|
One story from the NYTimes:
Only 27 families, most of them secular, built this settlement in 1986 from the sand dunes. They grew organic vegetables and flowers, most of which were exported to Europe, and they defended their settlement, which much of the world regarded as illegal, against regular attacks from Palestinian militants, and at least once from some of their own workers.
Take this story and repeat it over and over several thousand times. The packing up, trying to decide where to go, leaving a place one loved and lived in for many years. Many people aren't sure where they will go.
The decision to leave Gaza has been very divisive. Will the democracy survive?
Many of the settlers have lived together in community for many years. Breaking them up and moving them apart is not working in some places: Jerusalem Post Earlier Tuesday, Elei Sinai residents locked the main gate to the community and barricaded it with an old Subaru. They also burned several tires adjacent to the gate so that the settlement's children could burn old Ariel Sharon–Likud election posters.
"It's a small protest gesture," resident Sa'ar Berger told the Post.
And "Postcards from Gaza" pictures and an article from a Jewish Journal.