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Israeli forces raid home of slain Palestinian in Jabal al-Mukabbir

March 15, 2017 12:26 P.M. (Updated: March 15, 2017 10:56 P.M.)
Fadi al-Qunbar's parents and two of their grandchildren
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces stormed occupied East Jerusalem's Jabal al-Mukabbir neighborhood Tuesday afternoon and broke into the home of Fadi al-Qunbar, who was shot dead by Israeli forces in January after he drove a truck into a group of Israeli soldiers in an illegal Israeli settlement, killing four of them.

The Israeli Supreme Court later ruled in favor of punitively demolishing his house, despite the fact that al-Qunbar's relatives have repeatedly denied having advanced knowledge of any plans to carry out an attack. Al-Qunbar's wife and four children -- the oldest being six years old and the youngest an infant -- still live in the house and would be left homeless by the demolition.

Al-Qunbar's parents told Ma'an that since the ruling, Israeli forces have raided the home a number of times threatening to demolish it.

They said that during Tuesday's raid, cement mixing trucks arrived to the area and waited outside of the house, but left after sometime because they appeared to have trouble accessing the home from the street.
Since the deadly truck attack -- in addition to the punitive demolition order -- al-Qunbar's relatives and the wider community of Jabal al-Mukabbir have been subjected to what critics have called a “policy of reprisal," referring to collective punishment measures that are typical of Israel's response to attacks, measures that rights groups say are illegal under international law.
The Israeli Minister of Interior decided to revoke the Jerusalem residency status of 13 members al-Qunbar’s family -- including his mother -- and demolition notices were delivered to some 81 houses in Jabal al-Mukabbir under the pretext that they were built without permits.
Meanwhile, Israeli forces have closed main roads in the area for alleged security purposes, disrupting of the movement of people and public transport.
In the wake of the attack, Israeli leaders also called for the family to be expelled to the besieged Gaza Strip or exiled to war-torn Syria.

Israel's Jerusalem municipality has also reportedly approved plans to establish a new settlement in the neighborhood, on the site of al-Qunbar’s home, according to a report by Israel's Channel 10.
Israeli forces stepped up measures against Jabal al-Mukabbir once again, after Israeli border police shot and killed a resident of the neighborhood two days ago, claiming he carried out a stabbing attack near the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem's Old City. However, witnesses and family members said 25-year-old Ibrahim Matar "was executed in cold blood."
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