In many respects, Israel views itself as a guarantee that the horrors of the Holocaust will never happen again. But now, with psychological pressure on Gaza's Jewish settlers mounting on the eve of what they view as 'expulsion' by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, the horrors of Auschwitz are being re-created in the minds of many of them. With their evacuation from 21 settlements to start in three weeks, settlers increasingly are playing the favourite doomsday weapon of Israeli public debate - Holocaust symbols and analogies. The pullout, the first from territory Palestinians see as part of their state, is seen by some as relieving Israel of the burden of its military occupation of Gaza and by Palestinians as a ruse to distract attention from Israel's annexation of the West Bank. But for many of the 8,000 Gaza settlers who live among 1.3 million Palestinians, it is simply the worst evil imaginable. Unprecedented rules have been imposed on settlers, though they are mild compared with those imposed on the Palestinians. Settlement residents are now stopped at checkpoints, where soldiers demand to see their identity cards. In response, some young settlers have drawn their identity card numbers on their forearms to resemble the numbers branded on the arms of Auschwitz prisoners. Several months ago, some Gaza settlers began wearing orange stars of David in a reminder of the yellow stars European Jews were forced to wear by the Nazis. More recently, the Holocaust analogies have intensified. Gaza resident Miri Gubi understands those who have written their identity numbers on their forearms, saying: 'We are Jews who live here. We haven't done anything. So why ask for our IDs?' Ms Gubi, whose mother is a Holocaust survivor, said the events were 'worse than what the Germans did because Jews are doing this to Jews, not Gentiles to Jews'. Last week, a resident of the Eilei Sinai settlement said he would dress up in the striped uniform of Auschwitz prisoners to greet the soldiers coming to evacuate him. 'There is no difference between the way Eilei Sinai residents are treated by the government of Israel and the way the Nazi regime treated Jews,' Yitzhak Gabai said. A group of other Eilei Sinai residents have bought the outfits, but scrapped plans to wear them out of fears of offending Holocaust survivors. Instead, when evacuated they will wear outfits in the style of Jewish underground fighters condemned to death by hanging by British authorities under the pre-1948 Palestine mandate. Zvi Hendl, a legislator from the Ganei Tal settlement, compares the behaviour of police to the actions of Adolf Eichmann, a key organiser of the Holocaust. 'He was obeying orders also,' Mr Hendl told Israel's parliament. But many find the comparisons repulsive. Zehava Galon, a left-wing legislator, said: 'These people are not going to the gas chambers but rather are being evacuated to villas with compensation.'