Days of Palestine

Wednesday, March 29

Israel to punitively demolish houses of alleged attackers across West Bank

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Days Of Palestine – West Bank

Israeli occupation forces on Friday overnight notified the families of three alleged Palestinian attackers of their intention to demolish their houses across the occupied West Bank.

The Palestine Prisoners’ Society (PPS) confirmed that Israeli forces broke into the family house of Mohammad Walid Hanatsheh in Attira neighborhood of the central West Bank city of Ramallah,  and handed the family a military order to demolish their house.

Forces also handed the family of Yazan Mghamas a military order to demolish their house in a raid in Birzeit town, located to the north of Ramallah.

Hanatsheh and Mghamas, are currently in Israeli custody for their alleged involvement along with Samer Arbeed in the killing of an Israeli settler back near the illegal colonialsettlement of Dolev, located near the Palestinian village of Ras Karkar, in August 2019.

Arbeed was hospitalized in critical condition for 45 days after undergoing interrogation with the Israeli internal security agency, the Shin Bet, for his involvement in the settler’s killing.

Meanwhile, Israeli military handed a similar demolition order to the family of Mahmoud Atawneh in Beit Kahel town, northwest of Hebron.

Kamel Atawneh told WAFA that soldiers wrecked havoc into his 140-meter-sized house, and took photos and measurements for it in preparation for the planned punitive demolition.

Atawneh’s son, Mahmoud, who is currently in Israeli custody, is accused of allegedly stabbing a settler at the Gush Etzion colonial settlement bloc, south of Bethlehem, in July 2019.

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”.