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Israel destroys home of Palestinian convicted of killing Israeli

Oct. 20, 2015 9:51 A.M. (Updated: Oct. 20, 2015 10:53 P.M.)
Israeli troops demolishing apartment of Mahir Hashlamoun in Hebron. (MaanImages)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces overnight Monday destroyed the home belonging to the family of a Palestinian prisoner convicted of stabbing to death an Israeli settler last year.

Locals told Ma'an that a large number of Israeli troops stormed the third-story apartment belonging to Mahir Hamdi Hashlamoun in the Zaytoun outskirts of Hebron in the southern West Bank shortly after midnight.

They then forcibly evicted the family before beginning controlled demolitions inside the apartment.

"I wanted to tell everybody that they shouldn't feel angry because we are happy with this, as we had endowed this house to God and we now believe that the endowment has been accepted," Hashlamoun's wife said in an interview with a local radio station.

She added: "The enemy won't find a way to ruin our happiness, and all we are concerned about is Mahir’s release, so pray for him."

Peter Lerner, an Israeli army spokesperson, said in a statement: "Last night's activity sends a clear message that there is a personal price to pay when you are involved in terror.

"We will utilize all the necessary means in order to protect innocent civilians from the atrocities of those engaged in stabbing, shooting and the killing of innocent Israelis."

Hashlamoun was detained in November after he ran over and then stabbed to death an Israeli woman near the Gush Etzion settlement bloc south of Bethlehem last November. Hashlamoun wounded two other people before an Israeli security guard shot and wounded him.

In March, an Israeli court sentenced him to two life-terms.

Earlier this month, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called to fast track the demolition of family homes of alleged attackers, following a series of attacks that left eight Israelis dead.

Human rights groups have criticized Netanyahu's call as an unlawful form of collective punishment due to its displacement of Palestinians who have not committed crimes.

In a statement released last year, Human Rights Watch stated that the demolitions may also constitute a war crime as they are carried out in occupied territories.

According to Israeli watchdog B'Tselem, an Israeli army investigation concluded in 2005 that the deterrence value of home demolitions was questionable, and the military decided to stop the practice.

No official reason was given for resuming the policy last year.

Comments
Brian Cohen / Israel
This was an extremely brutal murder. Hashlamoun ran the young woman over, then as she was laying wounded and helpless, he got out of his car and mercilessly stabbed her to death. Palestinians call him a hero. This is the real Palestine.
20/10/2015 10:00
Janet / Scotland
A Palestinian convicted of killing an Israeli, will not need a home until he has served his two life sentences.Mahir Hamdi Hashlamoun is not Oscar Pistorious.
20/10/2015 10:09
Hetty / the Netherlands
No official reason was given? Don't make me laugh.. they don't need it. They get away with all illegal crimes they commit. No sanctions ever, no accountability. Imagine PA destroying Israeli homes.. ah..forgot: no 'convited' criminal Israeli in their prisons. All way out of balance. Justice now!
20/10/2015 11:04
Donald / Canada
"I wanted to tell everybody that they shouldn't feel angry because we are happy with this, as we had endowed this house to God and we now believe that the endowment has been accepted," So everyone is happy.
20/10/2015 11:04
Jon / USA
"We will utilize all the necessary means in order to protect innocent civilians from the atrocities of those engaged in stabbing, shooting and the killing of innocent Israelis."

What about innocent Palestinians??? No justice for them?
20/10/2015 16:35
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