HRW: Israel's demolition of Palestinian terrorists' homes constitutes 'war crime'

November 22, 2014 09:33

Human Rights Watch on Saturday blasted Israel's policy of demolishing the homes of suspected Palestinian terrorists as "collective punishment" and a "war crime" and called for its immediate end.

The organization said called for an immediate moratorium on home demolitions, saying the action leaves the families of suspected terrorists in Palestinian territories homeless and "unlawfully punishes people not accused of any wrongdoing."

“Punitive home demolitions are blatantly unlawful,” said HRW deputy Middle East and North Africa director Joe Stork. “Israel should prosecute, convict, and punish criminals, not carry out vengeful destruction that harms entire families."

Most recently, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the demolition of the homes of the two terrorists who carried out Tuesday's deadly attack on a synagogue in Jerusalem, in which two Palestinians from east Jerusalem murdered five people.

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