Israel to Demolish Family Houses of Palestinians Accused of Attacks against Israelis

JERUSALEM, November 20, 2014 (WAFA) – The Israeli authorities handed over orders to demolish the family houses of two Palestinians suspected of being involved in anti-Israeli attacks during the past weeks.

Witnesses said an Israeli Police contingent stormed the family house of Ibrahim Akkari in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat at around 2:00 AM and handed his family a notice informing them that their house will be demolished within 48 hours.

On the 5th of November, Akkari lost control of his car, ramming it into Israeli pedestrians in West Jerusalem, killing a Border Police officer and injuring around ten others. Akkari was shot and killed on the spot.

WAFA correspondent said confrontations erupted in Shuafat following the police incursion between angry local residents and police; residents prevented police from demolishing the house.

Earlier on Wednesday evening, Israeli intelligence summoned Ibrahim Hijazi, father of Mutaz Hijaziwho was shot dead by Israeli police on October 30 following a reported attempted killing of extremist Rabbi Yehuda Glick – and handed him a notice notifying him of their intentions to demolish his house within 48 hours.

The Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem released a statement on the Israeli demolition orders, describing them as unlawful and immoral.

“This policy has rendered homeless thousands of people who were not themselves accused of any wrongdoing,” the statement said.

“A policy of punitive home demolition is fundamentally wrong, irrespective of effectiveness. It contravenes basic moral standards by punishing people for the misdeeds of others. B’Tselem calls upon the authorities not to demolish these homes,” said the statement.