Days Of Palestine – Hebron
Israeli occupation forces Tuesday overnight notified the families of three Palestinians of their apparent intention to demolish their houses in Beit Kahel town, northwest of Hebron.
Sources confirmed that an Israeli military force surrounded the houses of the families of Ahmad Aref Asafra and Mu’men Said Zuhur, currently held in Israeli detention, besides to the house of Mu’men’s grandfather, Attieh, dragged the occupants outside before teaking measurements of the three houses.
Ahmad and Mu’men were both detained along with other 14 Palestinians by Israeli forces from the West Bank a week ago.
They also ransacked a number of houses and summoned a youth to appear before the Israeli intelligence.
This came 18 days after the cousins 24-year-old Nasir and 30-year-old Kassem were detained by Israeli forces for being suspected for the killing of an off-duty Israeli soldier outside the settlement of Ofra on last Thursday.
Kassem’s wife, Enas, and another man, identified as Akarma Asafra, were detained on suspicion they had assisted the suspected attackers.
Israel resorts to punitively demolish the family homes of Palestinians as a mean of deterrence- accused of being involved in attacks against Israelis, a policy that Israel does not apply to Israeli settlers who were involved in fatal attacks against Palestinians.
The policy was widely condemned by human rights groups as “a collective punishment” and “a war crime and crime against humanity”.
Between 500,000 and 600,000 Israelis live in Jewish-only settlements across occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank in violation of international law.