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As tensions seethe in Jerusalem the Israeli government has resurrected polices from the Intifada-era including punitive home demolitions as a measure of deterrence against attacks on its citizens. Over the past three weeks five Israelis have been killed in hit-and-runs and stabbings while four suspected Palestinian assailants have been shot by police.

Speaking in a security cabinet meeting Tuesday evening, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced the controversial policy to raze houses will be reinstated on a broad scale to quell violence that has centered in Jerusalem. “These steps include increasing forces on the ground throughout the country in order to boost your security, citizens of Israel; the demolition of terrorists’ homes,” he said.

Netanyahu added fines would be imposed on the parents of Palestinian children suspected of stone throwing, a crime that as of last week has become punishable with up to 20 years in prison. His security cabinet meetings followed Monday’s deadly knife attacks on two Israelis—one in Tel Aviv and another in a West Bank settlement. Israeli Sgt. Almog Shilony, 20, was stabbed to death while in uniform at the Haganah Train Station in Tel Aviv, allegedly by Maher al-Hashlamu, 30, a Palestinian from Hebron. Hashlamu was taken into police custody. Hours later settler Dalia Lemkus, 26, an occupational therapist at a kindergarten from the settlement of Tekoa, was attacked by an unidentified Palestinian man bearing a knife at a bus stop in Alon Shvut in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc. The Israeli news outlet YNet noted, “The attack occurred some 100 meters away from the hitchhiking stop from which three Israeli yeshiva students–Eyal Yifrach, Gil-Ad Shaer and Naftali Frenkel–were kidnapped in June.”

    The mother (2L) and family members of Palestinian Rahman al-Shaludi hold his portrait at their family home in East Jerusalem. (Photo: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP) al-Shaludi hold his portrait at their family home in East Jerusalem on Thursday. (Photo: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP)

The mother (2L) and family members of Palestinian Rahman al-Shaludi hold his portrait at their family home in East Jerusalem. (Photo: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP) al-Shaludi hold his portrait at their family home in East Jerusalem on Thursday. (Photo: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP)

Even before Tuesday night when Netanyahu declared the return of home demolitions on a policy level, there were calls inside of the government to bring it back. “Anyone who attacks police or civilians, his home should be demolished,” said Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovic while visiting the family of Chaya Zissel, a three-month old Israeli-American who was killed on October 22, 2014 in a motor attack at a light rail stop in East Jerusalem by Palestinians Rahman al-Shaludi, 21. Al-Shaludi was gunned down while fleeing the scene by an off duty police officer. He died in a Jerusalem hospital where his wounds went untreated for hours.

Days later his family was informed by Israeli border police that their homes would be demolished as they prepared to receive al-Shaludi’s remains for his funeral. (Israeli police limited the number of mourners at the funeral to 20, yet another Intifada-era policy.) The family of another alleged attacker, Mutaz Hijazi, 32, a Palestinian from the Jerusalem neighborhood of Abu Tor who allegedly attempted to assassinate Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick on October 29, said border police gave them the same message. It came while authorities dragged Hijazi’s body from the rooftop of his home after undercover forces riddled him with bullets as he hid under a solar panel. His family called his death an extra-judicial killing.

Abu Tor rooftop where Israeli police killed Muntaz Hijazi in the early morning hours on Thursday. Hijazi was suspected of shooting Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick the prior evening. (Photo: Allison Deger)

Abu Tor rooftop where Israeli police killed Muntaz Hijazi in the early morning hours on Thursday. Hijazi was suspected of shooting Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick the prior evening. (Photo: Allison Deger)

Reinstating punitive home demolitions

Punitive home demolitions were once a staple of Israeli policy during the first and second Intifadas. The Israeli military abandoned home razing in 2005 citing its ineffectiveness. It was used as a punishment on the family members of Palestinians whose relatives committed violent acts against Israelis. Critics have cited the practice as collective punishment and in contradiction to international law, which Israeli courts have held up at times when overturning individual cases of demolition orders.

The Israeli human rights group B’tselem reported between from October 2001 and February 2005, “The IDF has demolished as punishment 675 housing units, which were home to 4,239 persons,” adding, “From 1967 to the outbreak of intifada, Israel demolished more than 1,800 homes as punishment.” Since 1967 more than 27,000 homes have been razed, however, demolitions as punishment or criminal deterrence constitute two-percent of that amount.

Even before the first Intifada punitive home demolitions had existed in Israel’s arsenal of force in the occupied Palestinian territories. Codified by a military order in 1967 that was rooted in hangover codes from the British Mandate, the law went relatively unchallenged until 1979 when Israel’s High Court debated the legality of the practice. Ultimately jurists approved the practice as a legitimate mode of deterrence.

Netanyahu’s Tuesday announcement was not the first time punitive home demolitions have been “brought back” from the time of the two Palestinian uprisings. A closer look shows the policy has crept back into use over the past decade as relations with the Palestinian Authority strained. In 2009 a Palestinian home was destroyed as punishment. At the time it seemed like a one-off case. Then last summer the issue surfaced in Israel’s High Court again after an order was distributed for the first time in nine years to the family of two Palestinians (a father and son team) who killed Baruch Mizrahi in a shooting outside of Hebron. In that instance home demolition was proposed on an ad-hoc basis. There was no indication there would teams of bulldozes with paper orders singed by army commanders to turn a home into rubble in the future.

Yet hours after the High Court met on June 30, 2014 the bodies of three Israelis abducted last summer were found. Overnight the Israeli army and Shin Beit (secret security) officials went to the homes of the on the lam abductors Amer Abu Aisha and Marwan Qawasmeh. All of their relatives were removed from the houses around midnight while soldiers set incendiary devices on timers. Their apartments were decimated by explosion. Days later, the home demolition order from the Mizrahi case was approved, setting in line two systems of implementing punitive home demolitions. One by an army order, as done during the Intifadas, and two more carried out with no prior notice or opportunity for appeal, as done with the Abu Aisha and Qawasmeh homes. Still it was not clear until Netanyahu’s announcement that punitive home demolitions are back as a policy. And they can now be issued with the same frequency as during both the first and second Intifadas.

Allison Deger

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  1. annie on November 12, 2014, 1:06 pm

    . Over the past three weeks five Israelis have been killed in hit-and-runs and stabbings while four suspected Palestinian assailants have been shot by police.

    kate mentioned in her list some other killings that happened yesterday.

    HEBRON (Ma’an) 11 Nov — A young Palestinian was shot dead by Israeli forces Tuesday during clashes in al-‘Arrub refugee camp north of Hebron, medics said. …. A witness told Ma‘an that he and Jawwabra were drinking tea on the roof of his house when a bullet hit the teenager in his chest. An Israeli army spokeswoman said a “violent riot of 200 Palestinians” was taking place in the area. She said a Palestinian “aimed an improvised weapon” at forces and that soldiers responded by shooting him, “confirming a hit.” The spokeswoman said the improvised weapon was a type of “pipe bomb” made from household materials. Also Tuesday, Israeli troops shot and seriously injured a young Palestinian man near the southern West Bank town of Khursa, Israeli media reported. – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2014/11/israeli-government-settler#sthash.pKGGwYrL.dpuf

    they just keep killing people

    • OlegR on November 17, 2014, 8:38 am

      By the you mean Arabs right ?
      Or aren’t Jews constitute as people anymore ?

      • annie on November 17, 2014, 12:52 pm

        By the you mean Arabs right ?

        excuse me? are you responding to my comment.

      • OlegR on November 18, 2014, 6:31 am

        /they just keep killing people/

        You meant the Arabs right, like today’s massacre in the synagogue…

  2. Kay24 on November 12, 2014, 1:29 pm

    Of course this is collective punishment. We saw how ruthless these Israelis can be, when they smashed homes and went on a rampage to take “revenge” for 3 Israeli kids missing.
    Being wicked and violent towards Palestinians is normal Israeli behavior. Their terrorists can kill, disrespect Mosques by burning and painting racist graffiti, and firebomb cars killing entire families, and yet they are rewarded by building more illegal settlements.
    This is yet another excuse to demolish more homes (a nasty habit they enjoy), and rid the territory of Arabs, so that the Devils most wicked can colonize the entire neighborhood.

  3. eljay on November 12, 2014, 1:38 pm

    Speaking in a security cabinet meeting Tuesday evening, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced the controversial policy to raze houses will be reinstated on a broad scale to quell violence that has centered in Jerusalem. “These steps include increasing forces on the ground throughout the country in order to boost your security, citizens of Israel; the demolition of terrorists’ homes,” he said.

    Netanyahu added fines would be imposed on the parents of Palestinian children suspected of stone throwing …

    Will the homes of non-Jewish criminals also be razed? And will the parents of Jewish children also be fined? If not, why not?

    • eljay on November 12, 2014, 1:39 pm

      No edit button. :-(

      Edit: Will the homes of non-Jewish criminals also be razed? And will the parents of Jewish children also be fined? If not, why not?

      • elephantine on November 12, 2014, 6:49 pm

        Because the word “democracy” has an entirely different (opposite) meaning in Hebrew, obviously. With all the many, many other practices or policies we define as undemocratic but that do not affect the Israeli government, many of its citizens and other zionists’ conviction that Israel is a democracy, they’ve obviously adopted a new definition they’ve come up with for what “democracy” means.

        Considering the amount of effort and mental gymnastics necessary to accept all this genuinely fu**ed up and absurd idea of ‘democracy’, it’s really not that much of a stretch to include a new one, such as collective punishment in the form of home demolitions applicable strictly against one ethnic (non Jewish) group. It’s pretty obvious the threshold pretty high for what will still be accepted as democratic in Israel. Collective punishment against non Jews is just a no-brainer – of course it’s democratic, silly!

        Ha!

        On a more serious note:(link).
        (Many other interesting essays on her site)

    • a blah chick on November 12, 2014, 4:32 pm

      If I am recalling this correctly a judge a few months back said that blowing up the homes of Jewish terra suspects was not productive as Jewish on Arab violence is very rare.

      !?

      • Horizontal on November 12, 2014, 7:08 pm

        Who knew Israeli judges did standup?

      • yesspam on November 13, 2014, 4:16 pm

        “Anyone who attacks police or civilians, his home should be demolished,” said Security Minister Yit –

        And anyone who attacks a Palestinian gets off scot free.

  4. ckg on November 12, 2014, 1:52 pm

    There is a new development in the Nakba day shooting of Nadim Nuwara. A preliminary investigation by Israel suggests that its security forces fired live ammunition, and that Israeli troops and their commanders on the scene may have lied to investigators or attempted a coverup. An IDF officer has been arrested. At the time, Moshe Yaalon said that the video of the shooting could have been doctored, and Michael Oren told CNN that he suspected the deaths of the teens might have been staged.

    • ckg on November 12, 2014, 2:09 pm

      Also at the time, MahaneYehude1 described it as “classic Pallywood.” Mayhem said, “I smell another Muhammad al-Dura in the wings.”

      • Talkback on November 12, 2014, 3:05 pm

        Remember ckg, it is only allowed to accuse Gentiles of doctoring or staging their suffering for political reasons. Otherwise it’s a hate crime which could end in solitary confinement in some states.

      • Sycamores on November 13, 2014, 1:33 am

        ckg,

        it took 6 months to arrest this officer. how much evidence has been lost since then, intentionly or not?

      • oldgeezer on November 13, 2014, 2:14 am

        2 Murders. 1 Arrest for one of them. Charges but no conviction. And if conviction results what will be the sentence.

        Given it’s history there is no reason yet to count on any justice being served in this case.

        That leaves one other murder. One other murder amongst many dozens and hundreds of such murders. One murder amongst the thousands of dead as a result of war crimes perpetrated by the state.

    • Sycamores on November 12, 2014, 7:28 pm

      ckg,

      one Border Police officer has been arrested.

      A Border Police officer was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of shooting Nadim Syam Nuwara (17) with live ammunition, one of two Palestinian teenagers killed during Nakba Day protests in the West Bank village of Beitunia last May. The border policeman is being charged with murder and his commander is also facing charges for not reporting the incident.

      http://972mag.com/border-cop-arrested-for-nakba-day-killing-debunking-idf-tales/98670/

      • ckg on November 12, 2014, 8:53 pm

        Thanks, Sycamores. I stand corrected. In May you correctly pointed out that the fatal shot was fired by a border policeman [ http://mondoweiss.net/2014/05/important-ehrenreich-shootings ] when everyone was suspecting the the IDF soldier. I remember looking at the timing of the shots and concluded you were right, and indeed that seems to be the case.

    • Kay24 on November 13, 2014, 7:21 am

      CNN covered this yesterday (only in the afternoon, when no one watches!) and they did re-play the Oren interview, in which the liar cast doubt on the entire murder, and even said there wasn’t enough blood! They are all basically damn liars, who even when confronted with a video, will make up all sorts of things, to make the victim look like the villain. They should know about doctored tapes, they have done it before, and they are experts at lying too. After the massacre on the Mavi Maara, they once again, blamed the victims, and said, despite sending their masked commandos to attack the ship, said THEY were attacked. I think lying is in their blood.

      • Walid on November 13, 2014, 8:10 am

        “… After the massacre on the Mavi Maara, they once again, blamed the victims, and said… THEY were attacked. I think lying is in their blood. ”

        They were, Kay; there’s no doubt the Israelis boarded the ship full of nefarious intentions, but the Turks saw them coming and correctly read that they intended to hurt them, so they sort of mobilized grabbing whatever they could get their hands on and jumped the soldiers as soon as they landed on the deck of the ship. In fact, they grabbed a couple of IDF soldiers and dragged them downstairs where they held them prisoner (and treated their wounds) for a while until their release was negotiated.

        The Turks actually attacked in self defense and can’t be blamed.

      • Kay24 on November 13, 2014, 8:37 am

        I agree. No one can fault the activists for fighting back. It is not that only Israel that has the right to “defend” itself, although they act like they are privileged. Any time unarmed civilians are murdered, and Israel is involved, it is always the fault of the victim. Why, even the civilians in Gaza were responsible for the deaths of over 2000 Palesinians. Israel was the helpless victim who could not control their precision bombs.

  5. gracie fr on November 12, 2014, 2:46 pm

    As tensions seethe in Jerusalem the Israeli government has resurrected polices from the Intifada-era including punitive home demolitions as a measure of deterrence against attacks on its citizens……

    My, did “punitive home demolitions EVER stop…. or are we talking about a new “intensity factor” publically in order to “prepare” the international community for an up-tick in these abhorrent abuses???

    • Horizontal on November 12, 2014, 7:07 pm

      I think you’re right; they never did stop. They can’t even be honest about being deceitful.

  6. Talkback on November 12, 2014, 2:50 pm

    “Controversial”? Is this some kind of antigentile incitement? When Jews were targeted by these regulations they weren’t “controversial” at all:

    “At the 1946 lawyers’ conference, D. Yosef stated: “With regard to the security regulations the question is: Will we all be subject to offical terrrorism”. At the same meeting, Yaakov Shimshon Shapira proclaimed: The regime built in Palestine on the Defense Regulations has no parallel in any civilized nation. Even in Nazi Germany there were no such laws.”
    https://www.marxists.org/history/etol/document/mideast/toi/chap2-08.html

    Y. Shapira became the first general attorney of Israel which had not problem to incorporate this “controversial” regulations. I assume that the controversy is only about the question, wether commiting this crime against the goyim is good for the Jews or not, and not if it is a blatant crime.

    Gotta love a cleansing regime which upolds laws that – according to the first general attorney of it weren’t even in Nazi Germany …

    • oldgeezer on November 12, 2014, 3:23 pm

      The use of the phrase ‘viewed as’ seems a bit of an understatement as well. There can be little doubt it’s a war crime.

      • Talkback on November 13, 2014, 8:19 am

        The phrase “view” is “disputed”. LOL.

  7. seafoid on November 12, 2014, 3:29 pm

    Home demolitions are barbaric. Imagine Jewish apartments in Golders Green in London being demolished because the owners took part in anti tax marches in London. Imagine the uproar.
    Imagine the screams of anti-Semitism.
    Why can’t Israeli Jews see what sort of sick system they live in ?

    • elephantine on November 12, 2014, 7:08 pm

      Because they are caught in a disordered an pathological society, which they assume is an accurate representation of reality… maybe.

      One of several fascinating takes on Israeli society: (link).

      • Mooser on November 14, 2014, 12:11 pm

        “Israel certainly behaves like a person with a personality disorder. It’s emotionally unstable, it’s harmful to others”

        You are not, by any means, the first observer to note this. The personality disorder is called “The Ziocaine Syndrome” (There is also, a “Ziocaine Syndrome-by-proxy” which of course, destroyed any notion of hereditary transmission.) It was first thought to be an intoxication, but continued research established it as a purely behavioral malady.

    • elephantine on November 12, 2014, 7:18 pm

      Israel certainly behaves like a person with a personality disorder. It’s emotionally unstable, it’s harmful to others, it’s leaving scorched earth all around it and it has a deep-seated victim complex. It is pathologically self-centred and utterly incapable of taking responsibility or feeling empathy or sympathy towards anyone other than itself. When confronted with its deeds and asked to take responsibility Israel responds defensively and usually blames the victim. It presents the occupied Palestinians as perpetrators and itself as the real victim, behaving as if everyone is being unfair to it. This is the basis for Israel’s ludicrous claim that its elite commando unit was acting in self-defence against the civilians on the flotilla.

      It is common for people with a personality disorder to isolate their victims and actively block any attempt by the victim to seek outside help. They are often vicious towards anyone who tries to help. They often twist the story and accuse the helper of having a hidden, sick or twisted ‘agenda’. As a therapist I have supported many victims of disordered people and have occasionally been the target of attacks by the disordered person. The strident accusations of antisemitism against anyone who shows even the slightest sympathy towards the Palestinians are a good example of this.

      Another aspect of confusion has to do with the way disordered people describe reality. They don’t simply lie. They have a way of turning reality upside down and inside out until everyone is completely confused about what happened. It’s what we call in therapy ‘crazy-making’ and it undermines other people’s sense of reality. This ‘crazy making’ dynamic is at the heart of the atmosphere that disordered people — and in this case countries — create around them.

      (link)

      • Abierno on November 13, 2014, 12:56 pm

        Well done. It has always been my impression that persons or countries with such disorders function most effectively with high levels of structure, well enforced boundaries, high levels of positive reinforcement for behavior approaching appropriate and repetitive and consistent correction of distortion, if possible. This is the opposite of US/European foreign policy: No structure, no boundaries, apologies issued profusely for any corrective feedback (which is noisely castigated as anti-Semitic); no implementation or enforcement of rules/laws/moral rubrics that other persons or countries are expected to follow (blatant apartheid, murder, torture, etc.) and finally and tragically, high levels of positive reinforcement for wildly inappropriate antisocial, injurious behavior, causing widespread loss of life, liberty and happiness of others. (Think of US subsidies to Israel, US/German transfer of high tech weapons systems such as bunker busting bombs, Dolphin class submarines – all provided so that this country with its blatant antisocial behavior can intensify and expand its range of action.) US foreign policy, especially at the UN, is designed so as to strongly reinforce and enforce the collective delusions, with the result that the atrocious behavior and the world view on which it is based are inextricably embedded in the cultural meme. A tragedy for the Jewish people, Israeli or diaspora.

      • Mooser on November 15, 2014, 12:11 pm

        “A tragedy for the Jewish people, Israeli or diaspora.”

        Gosh, life is unfair! I thought I was a Jew, but it turns out I’m just one of the Jewish people. Oh, well, I guess it comes with.

    • Kay24 on November 12, 2014, 10:19 pm

      Do insane people realize they are insane? Same thing, I suppose.

    • amigo on November 14, 2014, 1:08 pm

      Why can’t Israeli Jews see what sort of sick system they live in ?” seafoid

      Hell , they wont even listen to their own Presidents when he tells them they are sick and need treatment.Why would they listen to a bunch of antisemitic Jew haters.

  8. Marnie on November 12, 2014, 4:01 pm

    I hadn’t realized they’d ever stopped.

  9. Kay24 on November 12, 2014, 4:10 pm

    While the brutes demolish homes, Chickenshit announces more illegal settlement homes, and predictably the US reacts, but by now we know that game. Nothing happens. No threat to stop aid, or the love flowing to that dark side. Those cursed homes will be built no matter what anyone says:

    “U.S. slams Israeli plan to build 200 Jerusalem homes beyond Green Line
    The plan to expand Ramot comes on the heels of last week’s controversial decision to build new units in Ramat Shlomo.

    A plan to build 200 new housing units in the northern Jerusalem neighborhood of Ramot, beyond the 1967 Green Line, was approved on Wednesday by the Jerusalem district planning and building committee.

    The U.S. State Department said on Wednesday it was deeply concerned about the Israeli decision. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the decision impeded attempts to reach a two-state solution between the Israelis and Palestinians.” Haaretz

    Beyond the green line, folks. These zionists are desperate now and sucking up all they can at full speed.

    • Horizontal on November 12, 2014, 7:04 pm

      The U.S. State Department said on Wednesday it was deeply concerned about the Israeli decision. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the decision impeded attempts to reach a two-state solution between the Israelis and Palestinians.

      This worn-out kabuki is considered slamming Israel? Naturally this “deep concern” comes with absolutely no price tag.

      My main hope now is that kharma actually exists, and if so, is punctual.

      • Kay24 on November 12, 2014, 10:20 pm

        Karma, is unfortunately quite late, in fact it is long overdue.

  10. a blah chick on November 12, 2014, 4:42 pm

    Now that the IDF is admitting that live fire was used outside Ofer prison to kill those two teens when do they and the rest of us get an apology from the hasbarists for their “Pallywood” comments?

  11. Rusty Pipes on November 12, 2014, 9:08 pm

    After months of attempting to iincite a third violent intifada by increasing violence against Palestinian civilians and violations of non-Jewish holy places — especially the Al Aqsa compound — Netanyahu finally is getting enough Palestinian response to start to enact previous intifada policies, “for security reasons.” I view a couple of recent events as contributing to that incitement. Through the bombings of Fatah members’ property in Gaza, the commemoration of Arafat’s death in Gaza was scuttled and division has been sown in the fragile unity government. Through the publication of a letter allegedly from Marwan Barghouti, who has urged non-violent resistance for years, and the subsequent silencing of him through solitary confinement, further fuel has been added to ignite a third violent intifada. While all the MSM is distracted by escalating incidents of violence, Netanyahu will proceed to raze the rest of Arab East Jerusalem, claiming each home and neighborhood destroyed is harboring potential terrorists. And not one American news site will raise a peep.

  12. Qualtrough on November 12, 2014, 11:46 pm

    … “widely viewed as collective punishment” Widely viewed? How else can the destruction of a family’s home because a relative is suspected of committing a crime be viewed as anything but a collective punishment??

  13. DoubleStandard on November 14, 2014, 4:13 am

    The policy is effective –Palestinians have stopped their relatives from carrying out attacks because they knew their house would be demolished. It also disincentivizes raising your kid to believe in such behavior.

    • annie on November 14, 2014, 4:16 am

      Palestinians have stopped their relatives from carrying out attacks because they knew their house would be demolished.

      source?

      • DoubleStandard on November 14, 2014, 7:56 am

        The source is more anecdotal — a teacher I have who worked in the Shin Bet reported it to me.

        The information is not exactly publicized since it would endanger the informants’ lives.

        It’s quite logical though when you consider how much your life would suck if your house got blown up.

      • DoubleStandard on November 14, 2014, 8:13 am

        Two questions for Annie —

        1) Are you Jewish?
        2) Do you speak Hebrew?

        Just out of curiosity. If the answers are well-known, I apologize — I haven’t, thank god, been on here for that long.

      • Mooser on November 14, 2014, 12:14 pm

        “The source is more anecdotal”

        Oh, I have no doubt it is more than that, it’s entirely anecdotal. You just made it up.

      • annie on November 14, 2014, 11:44 pm

        It’s quite logical though when you consider how much your life would suck if your house got blown up.

        somehow i don’t think our ideas of logical line up. so, i take it that would be a no. you have no source to provide. this reminds me of someone telling us george bush prevented another 9/11 by invading iraq.

        and that would be no on both counts. not jewish/speak no hebrew. but i can use google translate if you have evidence in hebrew.

      • Mooser on November 15, 2014, 12:15 pm

        “and that would be no on both counts. not jewish/speak no hebrew. but i can use google translate if you have evidence in hebrew.”

        Why go to that trouble? I am sure anything posted here can be quickly and accurately translated by many readers, who would be kind enough to post the translation.

      • DoubleStandard on November 16, 2014, 3:03 am

        http://www.nber.org/papers/w16493

        The following essay indicates that responsive demolitions are a short term effective means of reducing terrorism. It says that general and preemptive demolitions increase terrorism. I realize that this doesn’t speak to the anecdotal claim I made, but I don’t really need to rely on it. Aside from being just and fair, it does have some efficacy.

    • seafoid on November 14, 2014, 9:35 am

      Show us the proof

      your point about a cruel policy being effective because it stops people from protesting- surely the Holocaust was also effective by this measure

      • Mooser on November 14, 2014, 12:16 pm

        Seafoid, it makes perfect sense, the same people who the Zionists tell us have a “culture of hate” and wish to kill their own children, are extremely concerned about the comfort of their families.
        It’s that strong family culture those hateful Palestinians have which makes it work!

    • eljay on November 14, 2014, 9:49 am

      >> DoubleStandardeee: The policy is effective –Palestinians have stopped their relatives from carrying out attacks because they knew their house would be demolished. It also disincentivizes raising your kid to believe in such behavior.

      The homes of Zio-supremacists should be razed to the ground. Zio-supremacists would stop their relatives from carrying out theft, occupation and colonization of Palestinian land and oppression, torture and murder of Palestinians. It would also “disincentivize” raising kids to believe in such Zio-supremacist behaviour.

      • Mooser on November 21, 2014, 2:37 pm

        “eljay” here we are running into another extraordinary rhetorical technique widely used by our ZIonists.
        And that is the principle that if you can’t win the argument, you can always manage to say something which will, at the least alienate, or hopefully enrage the listener or reader. That’s a win-win, you see, the person might respond inappropriately, and you can cry “anti-Semitism, but if that can’t be provoked, any time a Zionist promulgates the concept that Jews are different than anybody else, that they have a brutal outlook on any but their own, he feels he has rendered Zionism a service.

        Once again, I feel sure this imperious position, and willingness to alienate or enrage people, is one of the results of generations of persecution. It’s just awful to see how afraid they are of asserting themselves, and how much they fear the consequences of enraging or alienating people.

  14. JLewisDickerson on November 14, 2014, 10:05 pm

    RE: Netanyahu announces return of controversial punitive home demolitions widely viewed as collective punishment

    MY COMMENT: Ironically or not, the motivation for one recent attack in Jerusalem may have been revenge for Israeli authorities having demolished a house.*

    * SEE: “US condemns terrorist home demolition directive”, timesofisrael.com, November 13, 2014
    State Department calls controversial practice ‘collective punishment’ after Netanyahu reinstates policy

    The US government condemned Thursday the scheduled demolition of homes belonging to Palestinians who carried out terror attacks in Israel, with State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki contending that such a move amounted to collective punishment and would only heighten tensions in the region.

    Psaki’s statement came hours after the Home Front Command issued an order to demolish the home of the Palestinian man who carried out a terrorist attack in central Jerusalem in August.

    The terrorist, East Jerusalem resident Muhammed Naif El-Ja’abis, was shot dead by police shortly after running over and killing a pedestrian and ramming his stolen excavator into a bus. Following the excavator attack, security officials told Channel 2 news that Ja’abis may have been motivated to carry out the attack by revenge, after his cousin’s home was demolished by Israeli authorities a short while earlier.

    In light of the surging violence in Jerusalem and across the West Bank, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the full reinstatement of a policy of demolishing the homes of Palestinians who perpetrate terror attacks against Israelis, during an emergency cabinet meeting last week. The policy had rarely been implemented in the past ten years. . .

    ENTIRE ARTICLE – http://www.timesofisrael.com/us-condemns-terrorist-home-demolition-directive/

    P.S. “Home Front Command” really creeps me out! It reminds me of the British Empire.

  15. Michael Rabb on November 16, 2014, 4:58 pm

    Hey speaking of illegal settlements, did you see EI article on RE/MAX selling apartments in Palestine: http://electronicintifada.net/content/why-colorado-firm-selling-apartments-israels-illegal-settlements/14029

    Shouldn’t we be boycotting RE/MAX ?

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