UN calls on Israel to stop demolishing Palestinian homes

As punitive measure;'Prosecute suspects, not innocent families'

25 November, 16:00

    (ANSAmed) - GENEVA, NOVEMBER 25 - Two UN special rapporteurs on Tuesday called on Israel to halt its punitive demolition of Palestinian homes in response to alleged acts of violence by Palestinians in Israel and occupied Palestinian territories. A statement released in Geneva by the special rapporteurs on occupied Palestinian territories and on the right to adequate housing noted that the punitive house demolitions ''violate the rights of people, including children, who are not accused of a crime, and therefore constitute collective punishment, prohibited under international law''. The two cited the recent demolition of the East Jerusalem home of Abd al-Rahman al-Shaludi, a Palestinian who allegedly committed a car attack last month in Jerusalem that claimed the lives of a 22 year-old woman and a three-month old Israeli infant. ''All acts of violence require a firm response from the Israeli authorities, and those responsible should be tried before a court of law and sentenced for their crimes,'' said the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories, Makarim Wibisono. ''But the State cannot go beyond what is sanctioned by international law." (ANSAmed).

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