Taking a Cue From Israel, Hamas Bulldozes Homes in Southern Gaza

Locals Condemn Evictions in Rafah

The Hamas government has sparked anger from residents of Rafah today when police marched into a neighborhood of homes they say were illegally built on government land, evicted the residents and bulldozed the homes.

Some of the residents of the neighborhood claimed to have been assaulted by the police, and none have any idea where they will go, given that the Israeli blockade has made building material virtually impossible to come by.

The use of bulldozers against the Palestinian residents also conjures up bitter memories for many, as the Israeli government has often turned to bulldozing Palestinian homes in the occupied territories. Hamas was regularly a harsh critic of such bulldozings and it shocks many residents to see the Gaza government using the same tactics against them.

Some 40 homes were said to have been destroyed, and local officials promised some effort would be made to provide for the evicted Gazans. So far, however, most are sleeping outside and digging up whatever meager furniture they can salvage from their destroyed homes.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for Antiwar.com. He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.