06/11/2016, 10.23
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Demolition in Israel: Home of Palestinian who killed a mother of six children demolished

This morning, the army raided the village of Yatta and destroyed the house of Morad Bader Abdullah Adais. In January, he had killed a woman in front of her children. A heinous crime that had raised indignation. Increased tension in the area after the attack in Tel Aviv.

 

Jerusalem (AsiaNews / Agencies) - This morning, the Israeli army demolished the home of a Palestinian who, in recent months, stabbed a mother to death in front of her children. A heinous crime, perhaps the worst episode of violence since the beginning of the "Intifada of the knives" and that, at the time, had raised scandal and indignation. The Idf armed forces raided the village of Yatta at dawn and tore down the house of Morad Bader Abdullah Adais.

Last January, the Palestinian young man killed Dafna Meir in cold blood, a mother of six children, in her home within the Jewish settlement of Othniel. After killing the woman he fled, but was arrested later by the Israeli authorities.

Israel has long adopted the policy of demolition, tearing down the homes of Palestinians responsible for murders of Israeli citizens in the context of the so-called third intifada. For the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu it is a deterrent to prevent future attacks; for the Palestinians it is a form of unlawful collective punishment.

Israel has also strengthened punitive measures after the serious acts of violence in recent days. On the evening of June 8 last two Palestinians in their 20s opened fire in a shopping district in the center of Tel Aviv, killing four people and wounding 12.

The attackers are two cousins, the 22 year old Mohammad Khaled Makhamrah, student, and the 21 year old Mohammad Ahmad Makhamrah, a worker. Both originate from Yatta, Palestinian village near Hebron, in the West Bank. The Israeli army raided the area, making some arrests and initiating procedures for the demolition of their homes.

Moreover, the neo- Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman ordered that the bodies of Palestinians who die during the attempted attacks on Israeli territory are not returned to their families.

Since last October, after ultra-Orthodox Jews engaged in provocative behaviour on the Temple Mount, incidents and clashes have multiplied in Israel and the Palestinian territories in what has come to be dubbed the ‘knife intifada’.

Since it began, 207 Palestinians, 32 Israelis, two Americans and one Sudanese and one Eritrean have been killed.

Most Palestinians were killed trying to stab or fire on passing cars or soldiers. The others were killed during demonstrations or clashes with the military.

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