An Israeli soldier manually destroying Miswada's family house this Thursday at dawn.

Collective punishment: another Palestinian house destroyed

PNN/Hebron

Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Thursday at dawn destroyed the interior walls of the family house of a Palestinian killed in December last year following an alleged stabbing operation in Hebron, according to local sources.

Israeli soldiers stormed Jabal al-Sharif’ neighborhood in Hebron and isolated the family house of Ehab Miswada.

According to local sources, the soldiers manually destroyed the interior walls of the apartment, causing extensive destruction to furniture and other contents.

Ehab, 21, was shot dead after he allegedly stabbed and critically wounded an Israeli settler near the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron’s Old City on December 7, 2015.

Miswada’s family house was the latest to be destroyed in line with Israel’s policy of punitive demolitions of family houses of Palestinians suspected of carrying out operatives on Israeli soldiers.

Israeli Occupation Authorities vowed to demolish the homes of all “Palestinian attackers” as collective punishment, in addition to taking more punitive measures such as withdrawing civil rights and residency.

This policy is often widely condemned by human rights organizations as “collective punishment” and “a war crime and a crime against humanity”.

The Israeli human rights group B’Tselem says: “The people who bear the brunt of the [punitive] demolitions are relatives – including women, the elderly, and children – whom Israel does not suspect of involvement in any offense. In the vast majority of cases, the person whose actions prompted the demolition was not even living in the house at the time of the demolition.”

Israel is also going strong with demolition policy, destroying homes under different pretexts, which include security reasons, a lack of building licenses, being built near the settlements or across the settlement roads, being built on state lands or being built on green areas.

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