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Israel to demolish Palestinian prisoner's home for 2nd time

Sept. 10, 2018 10:36 A.M. (Updated: Sept. 12, 2018 10:36 A.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities delivered a demolition notice on Sunday to the family of a Palestinian prisoner, Omar al-Abed, in the Kobar village in the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah.

According to local sources, Israeli authorities delivered a demolition notice to the family of a Palestinian prisoner, Omar al-Abed, who carried out a deadly stabbing attack last year in July in the illegal Halamish settlement, which is located near his hometown of Kobar.

Al-Abed was indicted on three charges of murder, seven charges of attempted murder, as well as conspiring to commit a crime and "additional offences."

Sources said that the demolition notice notified the al-Abed family that in the upcoming few days, the second floor in the building will be demolished.

Following the stabbing attack, Al-Abed’s home was punitively demolished last year by Israeli authorities, in which the second floor was completely destroyed, while the first floor was partially torn down.

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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