Demolition for alleged military purposes

Demolition for alleged military purposes

Early in the second intifada, Israel adopted a policy known as “clearing,” implemented mainly in the Gaza Strip. This policy included the demolition of homes, the uprooting of orchards, and the destruction of agricultural fields with a view to creating a security zone around Israeli civilian and military localities: settlements, roads and permanent or temporary military bases. The policy has had devastating, long-term consequences, depriving thousands of Palestinians of their homes or their sole source of livelihood, even though they were not involved in attacks against either Israeli civilians or security forces.

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