The Bezeq vehicle an east Jerusalem man used to ram a
bus stop on Malchei Yisrael Street in Jerusalem.
Photo: Hillel Maier/TPS
On Oct. 13, Alaa Abu Jamal rammed his car into a crowded Jerusalem bus stop and used a meat cleaver to hack to death a 59-year-old Israeli man. In response, Israel ordered the military to raze three homes in his family’s apartment building in an impoverished area of East Jerusalem.
|LINK: Israel Demolishes Homes of Palestinian Terrorists|
The home demolition is a tactic that the Israeli government has revived to punish families of alleged Palestinian terrorists and deter future attacks. It also is highly controversial. Some Israelis question its effectiveness as a deterrent, and Palestinians say such inflammatory moves only encourage retaliation.
... Israel frequently demolished homes during a Palestinian uprising in 2000 to 2005, but it disavowed the practice as violence waned and a 2005 military commission concluded that punitive demolitions were unsuccessful in achieving deterrence.
Netanyahu revived the tactic last year after the abduction and murder of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank. That crime prompted a revenge murder of a Palestinian teenager in East Jerusalem and helped spawn a war between Israel and Hamas, the militant group that governs the Gaza Strip.
The resumption of home demolitions was backed by a 2010 report by professors from Northwestern University and Hebrew University that found they can “cause an immediate, significant decrease in the number of suicide attacks.” ...Read the full story HERE.
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