Israel demolishes Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem

Israeli army destroys Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem as tension continues to rise in area

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Palestinians stand on the razed home of a Palestinian man in Jabel Mukaber, in an area of the West Bank that Israel captured in a 1967 war and annexed to the city of Jerusalem, October 6, 2015

Israeli army on Tuesday demolished homes of two Palestinians who allegedly attacked Israelis last year.

The two homes Israeli authorities demolished belonged to Ghassan Abu Jamal and Muhammad Jaabis in occupied East Jerusalem.

Ghassan Abu Jamal and his cousin Uday were shot dead by the Israeli police in November 2014 after they allegedly attacked a synagogue in West Jerusalem, killing four rabbis and a policeman.

Muhammad Jaabis drove a bulldozer into a bus on August 4, killing one Israeli and wounding several others, Jaabis was also fatally shot on the spot.

According to Al Jazeera, Israeli forces are preparing to demolish one more home, belonging to Muataz Hijazi, a Palestinian man who attacked an Israeli activist Yehuda Glick in October 2014, who was shot dead right after. Hijazi’s home is now cordoned off by Israeli forces.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had vowed to “end terrorism” in Jerusalem and occupied West Bank, after last week’s unrest.

Netanyahu also authorised an increase of soldiers and police in the West Bank, During an emergency cabinet meeting on Monday night, while deploying thousands of more police officers throughout Jerusalem.

"Nobody will have immunity, anywhere," he said.

Although demolishing homes is against the international law, Netanyahu told the Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, to find a legal frame, in which the Palestinian homes can “legally be demolished,” if those homes belong to Palestinians accused of attacking Israelis.

In the last week alone, four Israelis have been killed, including two settlers, since then Israeli forces have gone on a violent streak of attacking Palestinian “suspects” throughout the West Bank. Killing a 13-year-old Palestinian boy in Bethlehem, and an 18-year-old teenager in Tulkarem.

The 13-year-old boy was shot in the heart in Aida refugee camp in Bethlehem, and the 18-year-old teenager was shot by Israeli forces during clashes at the Tulkarm checkpoint for allegedly throwing fire bombs, later died of his wounds.

Since Saturday, at least 499 Palestinians have been injured and a total of 41 Palestinians were shot with live ammunition and 297 had suffered from excessive tear gas inhalation.

TRTWorld and agencies