Israel Demolishes Home of Palestinian Attacker

Friday, 18 January, 2019 - 15:30
Tel Aviv- Asharq Al-Awsat

Israeli forces have demolished the family home of a Palestinian charged with fatally stabbing an American-Israeli settler several months ago.

Israeli soldiers surrounded Khalil Jabarin's home in the southern West Bank village of Yatta early Friday. His apartment was destroyed with explosives after the family cleared out.

Jabarin, 17, was accused of killing the US-born settler activist Ari Fuld at a mall near a West Bank settlement in September. Footage showed Fuld firing at his attacker before collapsing.

Residents of the town of Yata, near the flashpoint city of Hebron, said that troops were met by stone-throwing Palestinians.

The Israeli army said the structure destroyed was an apartment where Jabarin lived.

"During the operation, several violent riots were instigated with the participation of dozens of Palestinians who hurled rocks at soldiers," it said. "The troops responded with riot dispersal means," which usually refer to rubber-tipped bullets and tear gas.

There were no reports of casualties on either side.

While Israel claims home demolitions serve as a deterrent to potential attackers, critics say the tactic amounts to collective punishment that inflames hostility.

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