RAMALLAH, Thursday, February 20, 2020 (WAFA) – The Israeli Supreme Court today gave the go-ahead to demolish the Ramallah-area family homes of five Palestinian detainees allegedly involved in the killing of a settler in late August 2019.
Israeli media reported that the Israeli court unanimously approved the demolition despite multiple petitions filed by the prisoners’ families against the demolition.
The court explained its approval by the need to “establish credible deterrence against attacks.”
Israel commenced in January the trial of the five prisoners, who were detained in December purportedly for being responsible for the killing of an Israeli settler in an attack at Ein Bunin natural spring near the Ramallah-area village of Ras Karkar.
Israel resorts to punitively demolish homes of Palestinians accused of being involved in attacks against Israelis, a policy that Israel does not apply to Israeli Jews 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”.