Israel to Demolish Homes of Palestinians Accused of Attacks Against Israelis

RAMALLAH, October 15, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli authorities Thursday handed the families of two Palestinian suspects – whom Israel accused of being involved in an attack against Israeli soldiers – notices to demolish their homes in the town of Silwad to the east of Ramallah.

Local sources informed WAFA that army soldiers handed the family of Abdallah Hamed, a demolition notice for their home. The notice gave the family 72 hours to evict the house – which is a rental property – or to appeal the decision at court.

Forces also handed the family of Mo’ath Hamed a similar demolition  notice. Both aforementioned Palestinians – in addition to three others – were accused of being affiliated with an armed Hamas cell that carried out a shooting attack against Israeli soldiers on June 29, 2015. An Israeli soldier was killed and three others were injured during the attack.

Just a few days ago, Israeli forces raided the home of Ahmad Shirawi – also accused by Israel of being involved in the June attack against Israeli soldiers – where they proceeded to take measurements of the house. The family expressed concern that this  measure could come as a prelude to demolish their home.

In the meantime, Israeli forces Thursday raided the home of Amjad al-Jundi, who was shot dead by Israeli soldiers after allegedly carrying out a stabbing  attack against a settler in the settlement of Kiryat Arba, where they proceeded to photograph and take measurements of the three-storey house, located in the town of Yatta to the south of Hebron.

Forces further interrogated all family members and ordered the family to show them the necessary documents that prove their ownership of the house, in addition to  the house’s building permit.

Earlier Thursday, Israeli authorities notified the families of three Palestinians, who Israel accuses of carrying out a fatal attack against an Israeli settler couple near Nablus’ Beit Furik area, of their intentions to demolish their homes.