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Israeli forces raze prisoner's brother's construction site in Jerusalem

March 21, 2016 11:42 A.M. (Updated: March 21, 2016 5:13 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces demolished a building under construction in occupied East Jerusalem on Monday for not having a construction permit.

Muna Jaabis told Ma’an that Israeli troops raided her house in the Jabal al-Mukkabir neighborhood of the Old City early Monday, and demolished the foundations of a building belonging to her brother Suhaib Jaabis.

She added that the foundations were built a few months ago, and that Suhaib had tried to obtain a building permit, but that the demolition took place without prior warning.

Muna and Suhaib Jaabis are the siblings of Israa Jaabis, who was accused of carrying out an attack in Jerusalem in October.

Israa Jaabis was detained on Oct. 10, after Israeli police said she attempted to detonate a car bomb in front of an East Jerusalem checkpoint. Her family says the incident was an accident and the fire in her car was caused by a faulty domestic gas cylinder she was transporting her new home in East Jerusalem -- a move she made so as to retain her Jerusalem residency.

Israa Jabis, 31, suffered from severe burns all over her body from the fire, and has had eight of her fingers amputated.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the fall fast-tracked punitive home demolitions in effort to “deter” attacks carried out by Palestinian individuals that have left nearly 30 Israelis dead since Oct. 1. More than 200 Palestinians have been killed during the same time period.

Several demolitions have been carried out since, despite past recommendations by an Israeli military committee that said the practice is not only ineffective in preventing attacks, but increases hostility towards Israel.

Israeli rights group B’Tselem meanwhile condemned the practice as “court sanctioned revenge” carried out on family members who have not committed crimes, amounting to collective punishment and illegal under international law.
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