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Israel to demolish home of Palestinian allegedly involved in death of settler

Oct. 26, 2017 6:20 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 27, 2017 2:27 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces reportedly delivered a demolition notice to a Palestinian home in the northern occupied West Bank district of Jenin over accusations that a resident of the home was involved in the stabbing of an Israeli settler earlier this month.

Israeli media reported that forces raided the town of Qabatiya and notified residents of a house that the home would soon be demolished by Israeli forces.

Israeli forces allegedly gave the Palestinians a few days to either evacuate the home for demolition or appeal the decision in Israeli court.

The punitive demolition seemingly cam in response to the stabbing and killing of an Israeli settler at a construction site in the village of Kafr Qasim.

Reports at the time said the suspects who were working at the construction site were two Palestinians from Qabatiya, and were arrested shortly after the death of the settler. According to Ynet news, the settler was stabbed by his employees over a monetary dispute.

Israeli forces had raided the family homes of the alleged suspects and proceeded to photograph the houses -- seemingly in preparation for the punitive demolition -- “before wreaking havoc and tampering with their contents,” according to Wafa news agency.

Israel has come under harsh condemnation over the past several years for its response to attacks committed by Palestinians on Israelis, which rights groups have said amounted to “collective punishment” on family members and entire communities in a clear violation of international law.

While Israeli authorities have argued that punitive home demolitions serve as a deterrent against further attacks, Palestinians have argued that the widespread use of such a policy only against Palestinians, and not against Israelis who have committed attacks against Palestinians, has only fueled more anger against the decades-long Israeli occupation.

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