The US State Department has criticized Israel for its policy of demolishing the homes of terrorists who have murdered Israeli citizens, claiming it is “counter-productive”.
Israel on Thursday ordered the demolition of the home of a terrorist who carried out a tractor attack in Jerusalem this past summer, raising the ire of the United States.
The terrorist whose home is to be demolished is Mohammed Jabis, who slammed his tractor into a bus in Jerusalem in August, killing Rabbi Avraham Walles and injuring six other people.
According to a report in Haaretz, Jabis’s family received notification about the impending demolition. Jabis himself was killed by security forces after carrying out the attack.
State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said that “we believe that punitive demolitions are counterproductive to the cause of peace and exacerbate an already tense situation.”
The comments mark the second time in two days that Psaki has criticized Israel. On Wednesday, the State Department spokeswoman sharply condemned Israeli plans to build 200 new Jewish homes in Jerusalem’s Ramot neighborhood, warning such moves would only “exacerbate” spiraling tensions in the city.
She also blasted an arson attack on mosque in a Palestinian Arab village, which Palestinian Authority security officials blamed on “extremists Jewish settlers” – despite reports that it may have been a deliberately misreported electrical fire.
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Source: Israel National News
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