Israeli authorities on Friday demolished two family homes belonging to four Palestinians blamed for killing three Israeli citizens in the occupied West Bank, the demolition orders were carried out one day after receiving clearance from the supreme court.
One of the demolished homes, located in Nablus in the northern West Bank region, belonged to three Palestinians who are accused of killing an Israeli couple on Oct. 1, the military confirmed in a statement on Saturday.
The statement added that the other demolished house, in the central town of Silwad located northeast of Ramallah, belonged to a Palestinian who allegedly killed an Israeli who was traveling to West Bank on June 29.
“Overnight, in accordance with directives of the Minister of Defense, Moshe Ya’alon, security personnel demolished the residences of Yahia Muhammad Haj Hamad, Samir al Koussa, and Kareem Razek, in Nablus and the residence of Maad Hamed in Silwad,” the IDF said in an emailed statement.
In an effort to stop the attacks on Israelis, the Israeli authorities renewed their home demolition tactic, which they claim is an effective tool to stop the attacks.
However, the tactic amounts to collective punishment, according to critics.
Mahmoud Kussa, the brother of one of the Palestinian attackers, said in a statement that "even if they demolish it, we don't care. We are proud of what they did.”
During the past two months, Palestinians have killed 14 Israelis, mainly by knife attacks, on the other hand, 81 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli security forces.
The High Court upheld the demolition orders on Thursday for five homes belonging to the families of Palestinians accused or convicted of carrying out attacks against Israeli citizens.
However, the court rejected one demolition order due to the home being a rented apartment in a large building, and that destroying the premise would constitute a disproportionate punishment, instead their landlord was given until November 17 to evict them.