Israeli Court in Abu Khdeir Case: “Jewish terrorism is different from Arab terrorism”
July 5, 2017 12:40 AM Celine Hagbard Israeli attacks, Jerusalem, News Report 0
The Israeli High Court ruled Tuesday that three Jewish Israelis convicted of kidnapping, torturing and brutally murdering a Palestinian teenager by setting him on fire should not have their homes demolished. The Court noted that “Jewish terrorism is different from Arab terrorism”, and the collective punishment measures used against the families of Palestinians who commit violence should not be used against Jewish Israelis who commit acts of political violence.
The Israeli government has a policy of demolishing the homes of Palestinians who carry out attacks against Israelis – as well as demolishing their family members’ homes. The government claims that this acts as a ‘deterrent’ against future attacks, but there is no evidence to support that claim.
In addition, this use of punitive home demolitions is a type of collective punishment, which is illegal under the Fourth Geneva Convention, to which Israel is a signatory.