Destruction of villages after occupation and depopulation to prevent return of the refugees. As per the field research of 418 villages conducted in 1987-1990 and reported by Ghazi Falah, the level of destruction is shown in Col. 19 and summarized in Table-6.
Table-6: Level of Destruction of Villages
||Number of Villages
||Destruction, rubble identified
||Demolition, standing walls
||Most, not all, houses demolished one house standing
||Most demolished, up to 2 Jewish families live there
||More than 2 Jewish families occupy Houses
Cactus fences are still visible today in most village sites. Palestinian towns were not destroyed; instead, they were occupied by Jewish immigrants. Remaining Palestinians were not allowed to repair or improve their property.