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Israel delivers demolition notice to family of Palestinian prisoner

Dec. 16, 2018 1:50 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 18, 2018 4:37 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces delivered a demolition notice to the family of 16-year-old Khalil Jabbarin, in Yatta City in the southern West Bank district of Hebron, on Sunday.

Jabbarin, was shot, injured and imprisoned by Israeli forces, in September, after he had carried out a stabbing attack reportedly killing an Israeli settler.

The Israeli commander of the Israeli military central command approved an order for the demolition of the Jabbarin family's apartment that is on the third floor of housing building in Yatta.

The order gave the family until January 2nd, 2019 to appeal the military order at Israeli military courts.

Israel always demolishes family homes of Palestinians, who were involved in attacking Israelis as part of its collective punishment policy against the Palestinian people.

Israel has come under harsh condemnation over the past several years for its response to attacks committed by Palestinians on Israelis, which rights groups have said amounted to "collective punishment" on family members and entire communities in a clear violation of international law.

Israeli human rights group B'Tselem says that "The people who bear the brunt of the (punitive) demolitions are relatives – including women, the elderly, and children – whom Israel does not suspect of involvement in any offense."

"In the vast majority of cases, the person whose actions prompted the demolition was not even living in the house at the time of the demolition," adds the group.

"The official objective of the house demolition policy is deterrence … yet the deterrent effect of house demolitions has never been proven."

It concluded that "Since this constitutes deliberate harm to innocents, it is clear that even if house demolition had the desired deterrent effect, it would, nevertheless, remain unlawful."
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