File - Israel demolished the apartment of Shalodi’s family as punishment after an attack with his car on a Jerusalem train station.
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In razing family homes of Palestinian attackers, Israel is reviving a draconian punishment it largely halted a decade ago as ineffective and counterproductive.Israel says it is resuming the demolitions – condemned by human rights groups as a violation of international law – because it needs more tools to stop a recent wave of Palestinian attacks on Jews.Such arguments elicit anger and defiance in Arab neighborhoods of Jerusalem, home of six recent assailants, including two cousins who killed five people in a synagogue last week. Human rights groups say razing homes as a deterrent amounts to collective punishment and violates the rules that govern occupied territories, such as East Jerusalem – captured by Israel in 1967, along with the West Bank and Gaza.Israel has demolished hundreds of Palestinian homes as punishment since 1967, along with thousands more that were razed for other reasons, such as lack of building permits, which Palestinians say are difficult to obtain from Israel.Between 1987 and 2005, a period encompassing two Palestinian uprisings, Israel destroyed 1,115 Palestinian homes as punishment, partially demolished 64 and sealed or partially sealed 417, according to B'Tselem.Shalodi's home was the first to be destroyed because his family did not appeal.Israel's high court has overwhelmingly ruled against Palestinian homeowners in the past, B'Tselem says.
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