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Israel issues punitive home demolition order to Ramallah-area family

Feb. 12, 2016 2:40 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 12, 2016 9:58 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Israeli authorities on Friday issued a punitive home demolition order to the family of a Palestinian who carried out a deadly attack in an illegal Israeli settlement last month.

Locals told Ma’an that Israeli forces raided the Ramallah-area village of Beit Ur al-Tahta in the occupied West Bank before delivering the demolition order to the family of Ibrahim Allan.

Allan was shot dead on Jan. 25 alongside Muhammad Abu Ghush after stabbing two settlers in the illegal Beit Horon settlement, one of whom died shortly after she was critically wounded.

The order is the latest in Israel’s controversial policy of punitive demolitions, a policy slammed by rights groups as a vindictive and indiscriminate response to attacks on Israelis.

While the policy is allegedly carried out as a punitive measure aimed to deter future attacks, is it is often viewed in the Palestinian public eye as collective punishment due to its displacement of innocent people.

Israeli rights group HaMoked reported that 11 new punitive demolitions were issued last week. While Palestinian families are given the opportunity to appeal the orders in Israeli court, the group said such appeals are rarely accepted.

Following recent demolitions, Palestinian communities across the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem have raised money to help rebuild demolished homes.

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