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11 Sep, 2015

The Unbearable Ease of Destroying Palestinian Homes – Ha’aretz

On the last day of August Israel Defense Forces carried out 15 raids on various communities in the West Bank. This was reported by the PLO’s negotiation affairs department on the basis of reports by the Palestinian security forces.

Such raids are routine and on that day too they ended with arrests, clashes with residents here and there, entry into residents’ homes and orders to show up at the offices of the Shin Bet security service.

One raid, in Jenin’s Al-Hadaf neighborhood, was different. The large number of military vehicles, troops and special police commandos, as well as the addition of two bulldozers, indicated that the forces were planning to arrest a “bigtime” fugitive and expected him to resist the arrest.

Indeed, according to the IDF spokesman’s announcement, the target was a “senior Hamas figure.” At about 10 P.M. the troops surrounded a house that belonged to Majdi Abu al-Hija. Eleven family members, including six children, were ordered to come out and were held as detainees in a neighbor’s house.

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