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Israel to 'close and confiscate' homes of 4 teens accused of stone throwing attacks

Feb. 7, 2016 6:50 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 8, 2016 3:04 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli authorities on Sunday gave a notice of "closure and confiscation" on the family homes of four Palestinians aged 16-19 accused of causing an Israeli driver's death by throwing stones at his car in early September, the families said.

The families of Muhammad Salah Muhammad Abu Kiff, Walid Fares Mustafa al-Atrash, Abed Mahmoud Abed Rabbo Dawiyat, and Muhammad Jihad al-Taweel said their homes in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sur Baher are being confiscated in order to deter future attacks against Israelis.

The homes, which house 23 people, are to be closed and confiscated on Feb. 10.

The families said the decision to kick them out of their homes is unfair, particularly because the Israeli court has yet to reach a final judgement in the case of the four teens. The families added that the move amounted to collective punishment.

The families denied that their sons were responsible for the death of the Israeli driver, claiming that the four teens were throwing rocks at least 500 meters away from where the accident occurred.

While it has become common practice during the past several months for Israeli forces to demolish homes of attackers as a method thought to deter attacks, it is unclear why Israeli authorities have ruled to confiscate the homes, instead of destroy them.

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