Since 1967 Israel has employed a policy of house demolitions in the West Bank as a punitive measure against the Palestinian population.
Although the stated objective of the house demolition policy is deterrence, the Israeli military committee concluded in 2005 that the efficacy of the house demolition policy as a counter-terrorism tool was questionable, and that it “walked the line” of legality. With a few exceptions, Israel adopted the committee's recommendations and stopped demolishing homes as a punitive measure, until the summer of 2014. The Israeli rights group B'Tselem reports that since then, Israel has not stated why it now disregards the recommendations previously accepted.
In just one day, the campaign in Nablus rose over $35,000 dollars. By December 15th, about $250,000 dollars, plus furniture and household items, were secured for the three affected families.
Palestinian activists describe these campaigns as popular efforts to make up for the Palestinian Authority's failure to support Palestinians resisting the Israeli occupation, or simply suffering from it.
Hassam Qamhia, a university administrator from Nablus, told al-Jazeera "when we saw that nobody was doing anything to help these families, that government institutions weren't doing anything, we decided something must be done.”