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Israeli court rejects appeal against punitive demolitions of Tel Aviv suspects' family homes

June 30, 2016 2:56 P.M. (Updated: June 30, 2016 5:49 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- An Israeli military court rejected an appeal against house demolition orders presented to the families of two Palestinians suspected of carrying out a deadly attack in Tel Aviv earlier this month.

Muhammad Ahmad Moussa Makhamreh and Khalid Muhammad Moussa Makhamreh, two cousins from the town of Yatta in the southern West Bank district of Hebron, were detained after a shooting attack which killed four Israelis in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv on June 8.

The two Palestinians have since been detained and are set to face trial. However, Israeli forces have ordered the demolition of their families’ homes.

A coordinator of popular and national committees against settlements and the separation wall in the southern West bank, Rateb al-Jbour, told Ma’an that the punitive home demolitions would likely go through after the court rejected appeals presented by the families.

Meanwhile, the Israeli court in Ashkelon renewed the detention of Khalid and Muhammad Makhamreh, for an additional five days on Thursday in order to present an indictment list against them at the central court of Tel Aviv.

The Palestinian Prisoner’s Society said that Khalid Makhamreh, who was injured during the attack, had undergone surgery at the Ichilov hospital and was in good condition.

In the wake of the Tel Aviv attack, Yatta was sealed by Israeli forces for over a week, in a move the UN said could amount to “collective punishment.”

Israel’s punitive policies against Palestinians are the target of condemnation from human rights groups, who point out that such punitive measures constitute a form of “collective punishment” and “court-sanctioned revenge” in clear violation of international law.
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