Israel to punish 20 innocent Arab-Israelis for living in the same house as a criminal.

This is pretty amazing.  Could we imagine what this would look like in the USA?  Ehud Barak has ordered the army to prepare to demolish the home of the bulldozer killer… in spite of the fact that 20 innocent Palestinian Israelis live there!  From the BBC News:

Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak has ordered the army to prepare to demolish the home of the Palestinian who killed three Israelis in Jerusalem.

The order follows advice by Attorney-General Menachem Mazuz that the proposed demolition could create legal difficulties, but would not be illegal.

An Israeli rights group has said such a move would be collective punishment…

Reports say about 20 people live in the home of the attacker Hussam Dwayat in the Sur Bahir area of East Jerusalem. They all insist that they had no prior knowledge of his intentions.

The Israeli authorities have said that Dwayat acted alone and was not connected to any Palestinian militant group.

In a statement about the anticipated demolition, rights group B’tselm said: “The declared objective of this policy is to harm innocent persons – relatives of suspected perpetrators, who are not accused of any criminal wrongdoing themselves.

“The demolition of houses is a clear case of collective punishment, which violates the principle that a person is not to be punished for the acts of another. Collective punishment is therefore illegal regardless of its effectiveness.”

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7490212.stm

Read here a rather despicable editorial arguing for the razing of homes of terrorist attackers:

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3563582,00.html

It turns out that the demolition of homes will extend to the Mercaz Harav yeshiva terrorist that gunned down 8 students in March.

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/998668.html

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