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Israeli court gives Palestinian family 24 hours to evacuate their house

April 3, 2016 9:47 P.M. (Updated: April 4, 2016 10:31 A.M.)
JJERUSALEM (Ma’an) -- The Israeli supreme court gave the family of a Palestinian teen prisoner 24 hours to evacuate their house in occupied East Jerusalem on Sunday.

The mother of prisoner Abed Mahmoud Dawiyat told Ma’an that the Israeli supreme court approved a decision by the Israeli army’s Home Front Command to confiscate and shutter their house in the neighborhood of Sur Bahir.

She added that the family’s appeal had been rejected, and that five family members had evacuated the 120-meter house with the help of their neighbors.

The Israeli army decided in February to confiscate and shutter the homes of four Palestinian prisoners from Sur Bahir, who were identified as Muhammad Salah Abu Kiff, Muhammad Jihad al-Taweel, Walid Fares al-Atrash and Dawiyat.

The four youths, all between 16 and 19 years old, have been accused of killing an Israeli settler in September after throwing stones at his car. However, they have not been sentenced yet, and their case is still being discussed by the Israeli judiciary system.

In February, the youths’ families denounced the move to confiscate their homes as amounting to collective punishment.

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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