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Mormons forcibly removed from Missouri in 1838 and Illinois in 1846

Reader comment on item: The Forcible Removal of Israelis from Gaza

Submitted by B. Lamb (United States), Apr 11, 2005 at 23:36

Here is some historical precedent

In October of 1838, Governor Lilburn W. Boggs of Missouri issued an extermination order against the "mormon" people "which drove some 15,000 Saints from their homes and habitations, and some thousands perished through suffering the exposure consequent on this state of affairs." (Journal of Discourses, 3:283–84.). The "Mormon" were later driven out of the city of Navuoo Illinois.

In 1976, Governor Christopher S. Bond of Missouri, revoked the cruel and unconstitutional extermination order issued by Governor Lilburn W. Boggs.

On April 1, 2004 the Illinois House of Representatives unanimously passed a resolution of regret for the forced expulsion of the "Mormon" people from Nauvoo in 1846.

These actions happened in a democracy, against citizens of the democracy who were an industrious people, of the same ethnic background as those who persecuted them, but with different religious beliefs. The edicts were ment to be permanent with the outcome much more sever than a relocation effort.

I believe those actions that happened do not fall under the categories you mentioned in your article and are a precedent for what is planned for the Israelis from Gaza.

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