Dan Rubenstein, an Israeli attorney working with the Israeli online daily Haaretz, reported that 300 Palestinians, including children, were killed near Nitzarim settlement in Gaza since the beginning of the first Intifada in 1987.
“The Palestinians in the Gaza Strip will attack Nitzarim after withdrawal; they will not attack it in order to loot its properties, but in order to destroy it”, Rubenstein stated.
Netzarim is located south of Gaza city, in the heart of a highly populated Palestinian area; it is adjacent to Al-Nusseirat refugee camp, Al-Boreij, Al-Maghazi, Sheikh Ajeleen area, and Al-Zeitoun neighborhood.
More than 200.000 Palestinian live around the settlement, most of them are refugees, for them, Netzarim became the symbol which represents 37 years of occupation and suffering.
300 Palestinian residents were killed near the settlement, or on roads leading to it, including Mohammad Al-Durra, 13, who was repeatedly shot while in his fathers’ hands on the first days of Al-Aqsa Intifada, November 2000.
Rubenstein expects that dozens of thousands of Palestinians, including children and elderly, will attack the evacuated homes of Netzarim and destroy everything, since it represents several decades of hatred and animosity.