Monday, March 26, 2007

Liveblogging the March to Chomesh!

7:19 AM Too exhausted to think. Very long I provided medical support to the IDF and Chomesh marchers/settlers. Will update later.

8:44 PM What am I bringing to Chomesh?

Camera. Check.
VideoCamera Check.
Hot Tea for Elchonon. Check.
Blanket and inhaler for neighbor. Check.

Warm clothes for me...check. Off to bed. Getting up at 11:50 PM...

7:45 PM OK everyone - expect a full report in the AM...with pictures. I've gotten official clearance to go. Bye!

5:57 PM UPDATE: Having gotten a few phone calls about this post, here is a clarification!!!!

I, Jameel, am not (yet) in Chomesh...this is being relayed via SMS and phone calls by friends who are there now. I'm sick...but may go this evening in any event. We'll see.

Over 5000 people reported there so far! Galei Tzahal reports that an Israeli flag was burned there. However, from eyewitness reports, Israeli flags are being WAVED there....(and A7 has it as well).

Will update soon.


4:08 PM
Chomesh! I'm crying, cut, burned and bruised. I made it! (I can barely type this in...)

3:52 PM
Just got a call from a neighbor. He's at Shavei Shomron and starting his march now. I told him to take pictures, and he got so upset for forgetting his camera, that he wanted to hang up! Luckily, Elchonon is taking lots of pictures as I remind him every few minutes.

Other reports indicate over 20 buses of people have arrived so far, over 1000 people there, over 1000 on their way, with more arriving at the Shavei Shomron "springboard" from all over the country...details coming within the hour.

3:47 PM
We are walking straight up the mountain...Chomesh is in clear view.

3:41 PM
"We are walking up the mountain...15 minutes left. The [people pushing] strollers stayed on the road [on their march]. Guys and Donkeys are [going up the mountain, not on the main road], carrying rubber pipes and canvas [for tents]."

3:35 PM
Elchonon reports that he has 3 kilometers left till he reaches Chomesh. He estimates that almost half the people marching are chilonim (secular) Israelies. He just passed a 70 year woman who is walking as well.

IDF jeeps pass by in both directions, keeping watch on the marchers, securing the road.

3:15 PM Marching on the road to Chomesh, Elchonon has just passed ad abandoned gas station. I remember this gas station clearly from the times I used to drive to Chomesh.

Wherever I am, my blog turns towards Eretz Yisrael


Cosmic X said...

How are you doing this? Do you have WiFi in HOmesh?

Olah Chadasha said...

No matter how long this return lasts, it fills me with so much hope. You know that my opinions about the Disengagement has changed drastically since we both started blogging about it. I know we will return to these rightful homes, both in Chomesh, all of the Shomron, Yehuda, and even Gaza. This gives me hope that our will to create a land and create a home will overcome any violence that our enemy throws at us. Sorry, I have tears in my eyes. G-d bless every single person that is marching up there. G-d protect them all, and G-d bless and protect our beloved soldiers that are looking out for them. I haven't blogged anything about this because I'm still reeling from the death of my grand-mother and still haven't had it in me to really write about anything of my own. Thanks for picking up the charge!! Feel better.

Rafi G. said...

I am assuming it is Elchonon bruised and cut.. .have they beaten him to a pulp? why is he so busted up? or is it you?

Jameel @ The Muqata said...

RafiG: He's brusied from walking up the mountain...

CosmicX: Im close by at the Muqata...Elchanan's in touch via SMS. by play....relaying it to here.

Jameel @ The Muqata said...

OC: Thanks, and amen. May this be the beginning of our return and rebuilding.

Rafi G. said...

why are youy not at work? and if not at work, why not at homesh?

sorry I missed you at the funeral today. after har habayit, the schedule got a little messed up and I could not make it to the funeral...

Rafi G. said...

it has been a whole hour since the last update. you call this live blogging?

Anonymous said...

YASHER KOACH, JAMEEL! At a time when all around us seems to be collapsing, this kind of action, which shows that the fire will never go out inside the Jew. You are all heroes of our people.
-- From Chicago

Shtender said...

Kol Hakavod!
Wish I was there!

Ye'he Sh'mey Raba Mevorach said...

DH and eldest daughter are on their way home. I look forward to their report.

Akiva said...

Yasher Koach! We've got a few details at Mystical Paths, news relays via contacts in nearby yishuvim and other people trying to get there.

Anonymous said...

1 Kings 18:1: "And it came to pass after many days, the word of HaShem came to Eliyahy in the third year saying, Go, show yourself unto Ahab, and I will send rain upon the earth. 2. And Elijah went to shew himself unto Ahab. And the famine was sore in Samaria." Homesh is in Samaria. Thisis the third year since the disengagment began. It has been many days since Eliyahu has been in Eretz Israel. Expect Eliyahu this Pesach in Samaria! Shalom, Shalom, from Eddie J in Samson, Al

Anonymous said...

It was / is beyond words.. whole famil;ies with strollers and kids on their fathers shoulders.. I walked next to a father and his 2 young sons 6 and 7.. there were LOTS of 70 year olds! including shaul halfon and his wife..

Chomesh... Its mythical.. its sacred, holy its like har habayis.. both were destroyed..

It was sad and happy, I cried when seeing the ruins of the yishuv I remember.. I danced with joy at the sheva brachot and erecting tents..

Od ashuv v'nivnach, we promised! we went back and built.. I am hitching back soon and will spam the crap out of jameel's cell ;l)

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