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Israeli forces deliver punitive demolition notice to prisoner's family

Jan. 20, 2016 2:24 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 20, 2016 8:14 P.M.)
An Israeli soldier stands guard as an army bulldozer with a demolition permit pulls down the house of a Palestinian family near the West Bank town of Hebron on January 20, 2015. (AFP/Hazem Bader)
SALFIT (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces raided the home of a Palestinian prisoner on Wednesday and delivered a demolition notice to the family in the central occupied West Bank district of Salfit, locals said.

Locals said Israeli forces gave a written notice to the family of Abd al-Aziz Hamad Marie which said they had until Jan. 24 to evacuate their home in the Qarawat Bani Hassan town of Salfit.

Hamad was recently detained by Israeli forces for alleged involvement in the planning of an Oct. 3 stabbing attack during which Muhannad Halabi, 19, was shot dead after he killed two Israelis and injured two more in Jerusalem's Old City.

The attack was the first stabbing attack to take place in the wave of unrest that has since swept the occupied Palestinian territory.

The home demolition notice was also delivered to neighbors who may be affected by the demolition.

The Marie family told Ma'an that they were calling upon Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah and any relevant rights and humanitarian groups to intervene and prevent Israel from demolishing their home.

Punitive home demolitions were expedited at the request of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in mid-October, and many have been carried out since.

The move came despite past recommendations by an Israeli military committee that the practice does not deter attacks.

While families who receive demolition orders are given the opportunity to appeal the measures, Israel’s High Court of Justice typically rejects such appeals, according to Israeli watchdog Hamoked.

Israeli rights group B’Tselem condemned the practice in October as "court sanctioned revenge," carried out on family members who have not committed crimes, amounting to collective punishment.

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