Bibi wants to expel Palestinian attackers’ families to Gaza

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu hopes to prevent alleged Palestinian attacks by expelling their families to Gaza Strip

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem February 21, 2016.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, on Wednesday, that he hopes to put an end to the alleged Palestinian assaults by expelling assailants’ families to Gaza found to have encouraged them to attack Israelis.

Netanyahu said this move would "lead to significant reduction" in the activities "against the state and its citizens".

He asked for a legal opinion on such a move in a letter to Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit released to the media. Similar proposals brought by right-wing cabinet ministers were rejected by Mandelblit and his predecessor, political sources said.

Netanyahu wrote that the attacks in recent months were done by the assailants who "sometimes come from families that encourage and abet their actions" that the attacks allegedly done by Palestinians in recent months.

Since October 2015, 28 Israelis have died in stabbings, shootings and car rammings which Israeli officials blame on Palestinians, while Israeli security forces have killed more than 172 Palestinians. 

The Palestine Liberation Organisation, in the occupied West Bank, condemned the expulsion proposal as "ethnic cleansing and collective punishment". Hamas, the political party which runs Gaza Strip, said the expulsions would "escalate the current Palestinian uprising."

Expulsions from the West Bank and East Jerusalem, areas where most the violence has taken place, would be "ultra-illegal" and contravene international and Israeli law, said Israel Radio's legal analyst Moshe Negbi.

Israel, in recent months, has destroyed the family homes of several alleged assailants in the West Bank which is under the occupation of Israel since the 1967 war.

TRTWorld and agencies