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Court Orders Punitive Demolition of Prisoner’s Family House in Jenin

Jerusalem24 – Wafa – Israeli court Wednesday night ordered the punitive demolition of a prisoner’s family house in Silat ad-Dhahr town, northwest of Jenin, according to the prisoner’s family.

The Jaradat family said that it was officially informed of the final court decision after the court rejected an appeal filed on their behalf by human rights groups.

Omar Jaradat, his brothers, Gheith and Montaser in addition to their mother, Itaf, have been placed in Israeli imprisonment since December 20, 2021.

Ghaith and Omar Jaradat are accused of carrying out a shooting attack that killed a settler and injured two others near the formerly evacuated Homesh colonial settlement outpost in the northern West Bank in December 2021.

On March 8, the Israeli military tore down the walls of the family house of Ghaith and Omar Jaradat.

On February 14, the military punitively detonated the family house of Mahmoud Ghaleb Jaradat, killed a 17-year-old teen, and wounded at least 17 others, including two critical injuries.

Israel resorts to punitively demolishing the family homes of Palestinians as a means of deterrence- accused of being involved in attacks against Israelis, a policy that Israel does not apply to Israeli settlers who were involved in fatal attacks against Palestinians.

The policy was widely condemned by human rights groups as “a collective punishment” and “a war crime and crime against humanity”.

Nadeen Alshaer

Alshaer is a Palestinian journalist, a Birzeit University graduate with a B.A. in TV and Radio Broadcasting Journalism. Alshaer has 5 years of experience in the field of reporting and presenting. Currently works as a reporter and presenter/producer for PBC and Jerusalem24. She’s a UN and Kelley School of Business alumna

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