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Israel punitively revokes permits of family of Palestinian accused of killing 2 soldiers

March 18, 2018 4:05 P.M. (Updated: March 19, 2018 12:10 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Two Israeli soldiers were killed and another two were injured after being run over between the between the settlements of Mevo Dotan and Hermesh in the northern occupied district of Jenin on Saturday.

Israeli media reported that a Palestinian driver ran over four Israeli soldiers killing two moderately-to-seriously injuring the other two, who were transferred to the Beilinson Hospital for treatment.

Sources added that a Palestinian suspect was detained from the area and transferred to the Hillel Yaffe Hospital for treatment where his injuries were reported as light.

He was later identified as Alaa Rateb Qabha, 26, from the Jenin-area town of Bartaa.

Israeli forces later Friday night raided Qabha’s family house in Bartaa, detained his brother, Issam, 25, and took measurements of the house in preparation for it to be demolished later.

Israel also decided to freeze the Israeli-entry permits for 100 family members of Qabha, 67 of which are permits to work inside Israel, 26 commercial permits and four permits to work inside settlements.

Qabha was a former prisoner who was released from Israeli prison in April 2017.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fast-tracked punitive home demolitions in an effort to “deter” attacks carried out by Palestinian individuals since a wave of unrest peaked in the occupied Palestinian territory in late 2015.

The move came despite past recommendations by an Israeli military committee that the practice did not deter attacks. B’Tselem has condemned the practice of punitive home demolitions and work permit confiscations as "court-sanctioned revenge" carried out on family members who have not committed crimes, amounting to collective punishment.

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