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Israeli forces prepare to demolish home of Silwad attacker

Dec. 21, 2015 11:18 A.M. (Updated: Dec. 21, 2015 6:07 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces on Monday morning stormed the village of Silwad east of Ramallah in preparation to demolish the home of a Palestinian killed after an attempted car-ramming attack last week, relatives said.

The father of 21-year-old Muhammad Abd al-Rahman Ayyad told Ma’an that Israeli military forces surrounded and ransacked his property before engineers took measurements inside of his house, notifying the family that their home was slated for demolition.

Ayyad’s father said that Israeli intelligence officers present during the raid also questioned him about his son.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu moved to expedite the demolition of homes belonging to Palestinians who carry out attacks on Israelis in an attempt to “curb” an increase in attacks that began in October.

Ayyad was shot dead on Friday after the Israeli army said that he attempted to drive his vehicle into military forces during a “riot” in Silwad.

The young man was reportedly left to bleed in his vehicle before an Israeli ambulance arrived, taking his body in a black plastic bag to an unknown destination, according to locals who added that Ayyad had left a will before carrying out the attack.

The Ayyad home will be one of many belonging to suspected attackers to be demolished in recent months.

The policy of punitive demolitions was resumed by the Israeli government in 2014 despite being abandoned in 2005 -- except for one case in 2009 -- following a military investigation revealing that the practice was not effective in deterring attacks.

The policy is carried out solely on Palestinians who carry out attacks and never Jewish Israelis also responsible for attacks, and was slammed by Israeli rights group B’Tselem in October as “court-sanctioned revenge.”

Senior UN official Miroslav Jenca last week said that punitive demolitions carried out by Israeli authorities on the family homes of Palestinians convicted or accused of attacks constitute a “clear violation of international law and aggravate an already tense environment and may be counterproductive.”

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