Israeli forces to punitively demolish home of slain Palestinian in Nablus district

NABLUS, Israeli forces early Monday handed the family of a Palestinian slain following an alleged attack in Jerusalem an order to demolish their home in Aqraba town, south of Nablus, said security and local sources.

Israeli forces conducted a predawn raid into Aqraba, where they handed the family of Abdul-Rahman Bani-Fadel a notice to demolish the second floor of their home and the staircase leading to it.

Meanwhile, Yousef Derieh, member of the anti-settlements committee in the northern West Bank, said that Israeli soldiers gave the family until 8:00 A.M. next Thursday to challenge to the demolition order.

This came two weeks after Israeli forces took measurements of the house in preparation for demolition.

Bani-Fadel, 28, a father of two, was shot dead by Israeli police after he allegedly stabbed and killed an Israeli in Jerusalem’s Old City on March 18.

Israel resorts to punitively demolish the family homes of Palestinians- as a means 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.

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency