Tens of IOF border guards on Monday morning have poured concrete into a home and destroyed another, that beloing to the families of two Palestinians who carried anti-Israeli attacks.
The move comes as a collective punishment against the families of Bahaa Elayan and Alaa’ Abu Jamal from Jabal Al-Mukabber town.
On October 13, Bahaa two took over an Israeli bus in the settlement of Armon Hanatziv with a gun, and the attack resulted in the killing of two Israelis and injuring tens of passengers. His home was completely damaged.
Shortly after, and according to video footage, Alaa’ Abu Jamal drove into a group of settlers who were standing at a bus stop, then got off his car and continued hitting one with an axe, leading to his immediate death. Alaa’s home was sealed shut by cement.
The attack came one day after an Israeli settler published a video that went viral, where he was cursing and shouting at 13-year-old Ahmad Manasra to “die” and “son of a b****” after he was shot by IOF, in a puddle of blood. Manasra’s legs were broken and bended behind his back, while Israeli policemen prevented ambulances from reaching him. The boy is currently still in jail in miserable psychological conditions.
IOF have demolished about 65 homes since the start of October, either as collective punishment, or under the pretext that the home has no licensing.
According to a PLO affiliated study, IOF have destroyed some 478 Palestinian facilities, including homes, clinics and historical sites during 2015.
Hanna Issa, lawyer and head of the Muslim-Christian Committee for Supporting Al Quds and Sanctity, said that the Israeli authorities destroy the houses under different pretexts, which include security reasons, a lack of building licences, being built near the settlements or across the settlement roads, being built on state lands or being built on green areas.”
The collective punishments are illegal in international law.