RAMALLAH, Tuesday, December 22, 2020 (WAFA) – The Israeli occupation authorities today threatened to demolish the family house of an alleged Palestinian attacker in Qabatiya town, south of Jenin.
Israeli forces summoned Omar Kmail, whose son, Mahmoud, was killed by Israeli police following an attempted attack in Jerusalem, to Salem detention and interrogation facility, where they threatened him to punitively demolish his house in the town.
Mahmoud, 17, was shot and killed last night by Israeli police near Bab Hutta, one of the gates to al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem’s old city, after he allegedly attempted to carry out a shooting attack.
This came as Palestinians declared a general strike to mourn the slain Palestinian youth.
Israel resorts to punitively demolish the family homes of Palestinians as a mean 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”.