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Opponents of Israel's disengagement plan from Gaza... more
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Kfar Darom, Palestinian Territories
Opponents of Israel's disengagement plan from Gaza scream as they speak with a special evacuation policeman after the forces took over the roof top of the synagogue in the Jewish Gaza Strip settlement of Kfar Darom in Gush Katif settlements bloc in this August 18, 2005 file photo.

Nir Elias: One of the most hardcore spots of "resistance" against the forces coming to evacuate the settlers was this settlement called Kfar Darom. The settlers and many of their supporters were barricaded on the roof of the synagogue and the picture was taken after special forces came to take them down in containers lifted by cranes.

Before it happened I spent a week getting to know the people so that I could get their permission to go with them onto the roof.

I think the power of this picture is that this situation is quite bizarre as on one hand it shows the boiling point of something that had been building up for months and was supposed to explode but on the other there was no violence at all; just some strange moments because at the end of the day there was very much of a feeling of brotherhood on both sides.

It was quite a challenge to get close enough to the people for them to let me go up to the roof with them. I spent a week in a tent on the outskirts of the settlement winning their trust. The forces were trying to break up the people on the roof by shooting coloured water cannons at them, hence the colours on their faces. The only way the people on the roof were taken down was one by one and hand in hand. REUTERS/Nir Elias/Files (GAZA - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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