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Demolition for Alleged Military Necessity

Over the years, Israel has demolished hundreds of homes and destroyed hundreds of hectares of farmland, claiming it necessary “for military purposes”. The policy was used primarily in the Gaza Strip during the second intifada and the rounds of fighting since, allegedly to create “security zones” around Israeli settlements and military posts (before the Disengagement Plan was implemented), and near the border (after Disengagement). It is an unlawful policy which has disastrous long-term effects for thousands of Palestinians who were made homeless or lost their sole source of income.  

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