Israeli army bulldozers on Tuesday demolished the homes of two Palestinians who killed five people in attacks in the occupied West Bank and Israel last year, the military said.
Israel has rejected an appeal by the five biggest members of the European Union not to raze the homes of Palestinians who carried out lethal attacks in Jerusalem, saying on Friday that the tactic was designed to deter further violence.
It’s a controversial tactic that Israel once disavowed. But punitive home demolitions against Palestinians are back now — even though they may actually boost anti-Israel sentiment.
Israel demolished the home of a Palestinian indicted in the Passover eve murder of a senior police officer.
Aid agencies working in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem expressed alarm on Friday at a spike in Israeli demolitions of Palestinian property coinciding with renewed U.S.-backed peace negotiations.