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Israel prepares to demolish house of Palestinian attack suspect

Jan. 16, 2019 12:36 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 16, 2019 5:22 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces raided the house of a Palestinian prisoner, who carried out a stabbing attack against Israeli settlers last September, in Yatta City in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron on Wednesday, in preparation to demolish it.

Coordinator of the National and Popular Committee in southern Hebron, Rateb al-Jbour, said that Israeli forces raided the house of Khalil al-Jabbarin, 17, who had carried out a stabbing attack in the Gush Etzion settlement south of Hebron, last September, killing one Israeli settler.

Israeli soldiers took footage of the house in preparation to demolish it.

In December, Israeli forces had delivered the family a demolition notice, allowing the family until January 2nd, 2019 to appeal against the order.

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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