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Israeli Home Demolitions in Jerusalem Leave 2 Families Homeless

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Israeli authorities on Tuesday destroyed three homes, a restaurant, and a butcher shop in the East Jerusalem village of Jabal al-Mukabbir in a dawn raid that left two Palestinian families homeless.


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jan b (5)
Tuesday December 30, 2014, 11:59 am
An Israeli spokesperson, Mark Regev, told The New York Times on November 19 that demolitions of the family homes of Palestinians who attacked Israelis were necessary to offset “a culture of support within Palestinian society” for such attacks, including financial support to the attackers’ families. Israeli authorities have demolished or sealed the family homes of Palestinians who have killed Israelis. For example . On November 19, 2014, Israeli forces used explosives to destroy the family home of an East Jerusalem man who ran down and killed a baby girl and fatally wounded a woman on October 22. Israeli authorities have said they will demolish seven more family homes of Palestinians who killed Israelis.


Past Member (0)
Tuesday December 30, 2014, 12:51 pm
Egypt first decided to establish a 500 metre buffer zone in late October, following two deadly attacks in Sinai that left at least 30 military personnel dead.
North Sinai authorities finished surveying houses in the second phase of the implementation of a buffer zone along the Gaza border, with another 1,200 houses expected to be demolished.

Perhaps the palestinians might think about not attacking and killing their neighbors?

Lois Jordan (63)
Tuesday December 30, 2014, 2:41 pm
Noted. It is so wrong to destroy these homes and the belongings of the homeowners. Isn't this the season of "peace on Earth and Good Will?" Heavy sigh!

M B (62)
Tuesday December 30, 2014, 3:13 pm
Archbishop Tutu:

"My greatest anguish is beholding what the Israelis are doing to themselves.

We saw what apartheid did to the white people, making it possible for them to commit horrendous atrocities.

In dehumanising others, they were themselves dehumanised in the process.

I saw it in the callousness of young Israeli soldiers at checkpoints when they could decide to let an expectant mother desperately needing a hospital to deliver her baby go through, or not, as the whim struck them.

I saw it when they bombed schools and hospitals in Gaza. I saw it when settlers uprooted hundreds-year-old Palestinian olive trees."

Past Member (0)
Tuesday December 30, 2014, 3:22 pm
This is not COMMUNAL punishment and is perfectly legal under international law.

*Peace on earth, goodwill to men*? Tell that to four dead rabbis, Chaya, Dalia, Ehud, Ruth, Yoav, Elad, Hadas, Daniel, Asher, Yonatan, Hadar......just a few of hundreds of Israelis who have been butchered, stabbed, run over, blown to bits by rockets and suicide bombers.......

THAT is SO wrong!!!

Past Member (0)
Tuesday December 30, 2014, 3:24 pm
Oh, BTW, 1200 homes on the Egyptian~gaza border are being destroyed by Egypt because of palestinian terrorism.. Did ya miss that?

Darren W (218)
Tuesday December 30, 2014, 3:30 pm
Shared on twittersphere

Süheyla C (234)
Tuesday December 30, 2014, 9:13 pm
Thank you

Katie & Bill D (107)
Tuesday December 30, 2014, 9:32 pm
Yes it is wrong if the homes are livable, bad for these familie's to have this happen!
Thank you Carrie

Arild Warud (174)
Wednesday December 31, 2014, 2:51 am
Apatheid the Zionist way.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday December 31, 2014, 4:48 am
The *families* should not have aided and abetted known criminals. Complicity is a crime punishable by law. It has nothing to do with *APARTHEID* ~ it has to do with WHO'S committing the crimes.

Miriam AWAY S (61)
Wednesday December 31, 2014, 7:14 am
◕╰დ╮ THANK YOU for your time and for posting Carrie, happy New Year all! ╭დ╯◕ Noted

Wednesday December 31, 2014, 12:21 pm
Walk in both Israeli and Palestinians would you feel? The continuous slaughter and destruction on both sides due to self-serving politicians and leaders have caused enormous harm and pain for the innocent people who are just trying to live their lives at peace. Thanks for sharing Carrie.

Bryan S (105)
Wednesday December 31, 2014, 1:11 pm
So many thousands of Palestinian homes have been demolished over the years, while Israel continues to build settlements on Palestinian land. Israel knows it has the power to do this and simply has no need or interest in bringing about peace or following international law.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday December 31, 2014, 1:14 pm
Someone told you that cock and bull story and you believed it? And are now parroting it as an original thought?

Birgit W (160)
Wednesday December 31, 2014, 1:50 pm

Birgit W (160)
Wednesday December 31, 2014, 1:51 pm
Jinny L. says it all. Thanks.

Janet B (0)
Wednesday December 31, 2014, 2:30 pm
Pointless and greedy.

Eleonora Oldani (37)
Wednesday December 31, 2014, 3:05 pm
Good old Mark Regev (actually Australian) and known for his "eloquence" says: "... demolitions of the family homes of Palestinians who attacked Israelis were necessary to offset “a culture of support ..."

Well - by that logic Israel should also demolish the houses of those settlers who attack on daily basis their Palestinian neighbours in the Occupied Territories ... no? Doesn't work both ways ... " it has to do with WHO'S committing the crimes." I would sign to that statement.

For more information re the ongoing house demolitions and the real reasons why ... visit The Matrix of Control

Past Member (0)
Wednesday December 31, 2014, 3:08 pm
It does have to do with WHO'S commiting the CRIMES!
For more information re the ongoing house demolitions and the real reasons why ..visit, *Why Terrorism Works*.

Eleonora Oldani (37)
Wednesday December 31, 2014, 3:32 pm

Oops - I forgot to add that my link refers to Dr. Jeff Halper, co-founder and Director of The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions; from their website:

"In 2006 Dr. Jeff Halper, ICAHD's Co-founder and Director was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, citing ICAHD's work "to liberate both the Palestinian and the Israeli people from the yoke of structural violence" and "to build equality between their people by recognizing and celebrating their common humanity." In 2007, ICAHD received the Olive Branch Award from Jewish Voice for Peace."

fly bird (26)
Wednesday December 31, 2014, 4:13 pm
Thank you, Eleonora, for The Matrix of Control link and Carrie for posting.
ICAHD exposes the Israeli campaign to fragment and dispossess Palestinian communities and annex their lands and resources.

"The Palestinian population in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including occupied and illegally annexed East Jerusalem, continues to endure violence, displacement, dispossession and deprivation as a result of
prolonged Israeli occupation, in most cases in violation of their rights under international law. In the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, demolitions are a major cause of the destruction of property, including residential and livelihood-related structures, and displacement.

ICAHD estimates that some 27,000 Palestinian structures have been demolished in the Occupied Palestinian Territory since 1967, based on information collected from the Israeli Ministry of Interior, the Jerusalem Municipality, the Civil Administration, UN bodies and agencies, Palestinian, Israeli and international human rights groups, our field monitoring, and other sources."
- See more at:


Judaization and Annexation: De facto and De jure

The demolition of Palestinian homes and other structures, forced or resulting displacement, and land expropriation are politically and ethnically motivated. The goal is to limit development and confine the four million Palestinian residents of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza to small enclaves, thus effectively foreclosing any viable, contiguous Palestinian state and ensuring Israeli control and the "Judaization" of the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem. Judaization refers to the view that Israel has actively sought to transform the physical and demographic landscape to correspond with a vision of a united and fundamentally Jewish land under Israeli sovereignty in historic Palestine. Israel pursues a concerted policy of land expropriation, demolitions, forced evictions and discriminatory development, displacing Palestinians and introducing Jewish inhabitants. Israeli Government ministries openly continue to advance ‘evict and Judaize’ programmes, whereby Palestinians are displaced, directly or indirectly, and Jewish inhabitants are introduced in their place, despite international remonstration."
- See more at:

The videos are excellent and worth watching!


Maria Teresa Schollhorn (42)
Thursday January 1, 2015, 2:52 am
Why? Thanks for sharing Carrie.

Past Member (0)
Thursday January 1, 2015, 5:36 am
Yes, Ellie, thanks for giving jess that link. Now she can just post hijacked hyperlinks instead of actually responding in human speech patterns. I suppose that is just as well, though. LOLOL!!!

Eleonora Oldani (37)
Thursday January 1, 2015, 5:53 am

Hi Jess - I hope you'll find the time to read through Obstacles to Peace

"Obstacles to Peace", A Reframing of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, written by Jeff Halper, fourth edition 2009. You can download it from ICAHD's website for free.

On page 155 there are many useful links for further information like B’Tselem, Gush Shalom, Jewish Voice for Peace, Miftah and PASSIA among others. PASSIA has of maps which do explain the true situation on the ground of then and today and which naturally debunks all this crap we hear about how much the Zionists spent to buy almost all of the land when in truth it was barely 7 % - in words: seven percent.

There are many interesting publications on ICAHD's website which further expose the constant Hasbara lies the world is exposed to.

Happy New year to you and stay safe!!


Evelyn B (63)
Thursday January 1, 2015, 6:05 am

Past Member (0)
Thursday January 1, 2015, 6:08 am
Morre of the same hijacked hyperlink.

Evelyn B (63)
Thursday January 1, 2015, 6:36 am
Interesting that objections to the ideas presented in the article posted by Carrie (Thanks!) have chosen to draw attention to collective punishment measures (not raised in the original article), and "justify" them.

Although no mention of this form of crime was made in the article, so this is a tangent initiated by commenters - perhaps one should look at the facts about international law on collective punishment:

Fourth Geneva Convention - (The Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, commonly referred to as the Fourth Geneva Convention and abbreviated as GCIV, is one of the four treaties of the Geneva Conventions. It was adopted in August 1949, and defines humanitarian protections for civilians in a war zone. There are currently 196 countries party to the 1949 Geneva Conventions, including this and the other three treaties.
In 1993, the United Nations Security Council adopted a report from the Secretary-General and a Commission of Experts which concluded that the Geneva Conventions had passed into the body of customary international law, thus making them binding on non-signatories to the Conventions whenever they engage in armed conflicts)

Part III, Section I. Provisions common to the territories of the parties to the conflict and to occupied territories

Article 32. A protected person/s shall not have anything done to them of such a character as to cause physical suffering or extermination ... the physical suffering or extermination of protected persons in their hands. This prohibition applies not only to murder, torture, corporal punishments, mutilation and medical or scientific experiments not necessitated by the medical treatment' While popular debate remains on what constitutes a legal definition of torture (see discussion on the Torture page), the ban on corporal punishment simplifies the matter; even the most mundane physical abuse is thereby forbidden by Article 32, as a precaution against alternate definitions of torture.

The prohibition on scientific experiments was added, in part, in response to experiments by German and Japanese doctors during World War II, of whom Josef Mengele was the most infamous.
Collective punishments

Article 33. No persons may be punished for an offense he or she has not personally committed. Collective penalties and likewise all measures of intimidation or of terrorism are prohibited.
Pillage is prohibited.
Reprisals against persons and their property are prohibited.
Fourth Geneva Convention

Destruction of family homes = reprisals against property ... and the persons made homeless are being punished for an offence they did not commit - more particularly, when the house destruction is specifically following an act of violence (which may or may not be proven ... since the current policy is "kill first" ... the synagogue killings were a crime & the perpetrator identified, but in other cases guilt is assumed NOT proven .. but the dead can't speak in their own defence)

SO - unless one is claiming that international law does not, and should not, apply in Israel .... Regev is promoting a strategy that is in fact illegal ...

Mention was made of "Communal punishment" - I think perhaps "Communal responsibility" is the correct term - and I would recomment reading Rabbi Harry Rosenfeld on Communal Responsibility to Enact Just Punishment, where he discusses Jewish values and use of violence by law and order officials.

Evelyn B (63)
Thursday January 1, 2015, 6:41 am
I can only suppose that those who redirected discussion towards collective punishment ... and defended its use ... are excessively sensitive to the fact that it IS being appllied in the occupied territories of Palestine, and is very questionable on an ethical basis .... otherwise, why start defending something that wasn't under discussion?

Past Member (0)
Thursday January 1, 2015, 7:20 am
* and defended its use* When and where did I defend collective (communal) punishment, Evie??

Harboring, aiding and abetting a criminal are criminal offenses, dear.

Collective punishment cannot be used against peoples who DID NOT PERSONALLY COMMIT A CRIME.

Carrie B (306)
Thursday January 1, 2015, 10:31 am
My New Year's resolution: Make a r e a l effort to not feed the obnoxious hasbara troll who stalks Care2 looking for my posts ~ just to argue! I will pray for strength so that I may not help feed the insatiable and ravenous appetite of this ugly troll.

Past Member (0)
Thursday January 1, 2015, 10:42 am

TRY to have a HAPPY New Year, Carrie! Cheers!

Eleonora Oldani (37)
Thursday January 1, 2015, 10:50 am

Thank you for bringing in the legal aspect of collective punishment into the discussion, Evelyn. Everyone with an intact sense of justice knows that collective punishment today is as wrong as it was under Hitler (mainly against Roma and Jews) as it was under any other unjust, fascist regime in whichever form it is manifested.

If you find the time, please follow the link and listen to what normal decent people think about destroying houses as punishment for a crime and/or terror act others (even family members) committed. Amazing how people’s sense of justice is intact in reality … that is, if they don’t have an ulterior agenda.

We have witnessed time and again in Palestine – and heard from Israeli officials – that collective punishment is applied as a “cure” against terrorism. There is no use to re-re-discuss and –define facts which are admitted by polit-Israel.

The fact that you too are familiar with the Matrix of Control and with ICAHD per se makes it clear to me that we don’t need to further discuss what’s behind these house demolitions in general and in particular. You’re quite aware of the two sides of the coin which serve one purpose and one purpose only.

Thankfully, many people inside and outside Israel start waking up to the darker side of these political actions.

Happy New Year to you!!

Eleonora Oldani (37)
Thursday January 1, 2015, 11:20 am

Hi Carrie - thanks for posting this article which documents yet another house demolition. After we had a little escapade into collective punishment let's go back to the topic. We read in the article that:

"Israel rarely grants construction permits to Palestinians in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and regularly demolishes structures built without permits. Only 14 percent of East Jerusalem land is zoned for Palestinian residential construction, while one-third of Palestinian land has been confiscated since 1967 to build illegal Jewish-only settlements, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel says."


"The capture was accompanied by massive demolitions in the Old City that involved the displacement of thousands of Palestinians, while home demolitions and other strategies to limit construction in Palestinian areas since then have forced thousands more to have to leave the city."

In the last sentence we have the reason why houses are demolished everywhere. All the rest is Hasbara hogwash and window dressing.

To you to - Happy New Year!


Eleonora Oldani (37)
Thursday January 1, 2015, 11:30 am

BTW Evelyn - I do recall that you questioned "stone throwing" as opposed to "rock throwing" in a recent comment but can't remember where - sorry. The stone changed into a rock to make it sound more dangerous ... now just imagine for a second a 10 yr old throwing a real rock - ridiculous.

Anyway, reading this hyperlinked article (I believe it was from that thread) it all falls in place Ya’lon Demands El-Matan be Declared Legal

It just goes to show how every incident is exploited to the fullest to further the colonial Zionist project. Q.E.D.


Past Member (0)
Thursday January 1, 2015, 11:39 am
Sweetie, my 9yr old neighbor child lobbed a brick through my second story bay window. NOT ridiculous! A pebble flying up off the road can shatter the windshield of a car.

Ellie that last comment was beneath even the ol' Ellie I know and love. Are you slipping, dear?

Evelyn B (63)
Thursday January 1, 2015, 1:58 pm
The link to the Israeli Social TV street interviews about destroyal of homes & collective punishment is extremely interesting - and heartening to be reminded that the aggressive attitudes towards any Palestinians - all too often expressed in threads on C2NN - are not representative of all Israelis ... and more importantly, that even outside the peace activist groups, many ordinary people are not in support of such policies. Thanks for that link, Eleonora ... I'd like to see a follow up; this was recorded the day before Protective Edge was launched ....

The second article - about El Matan, is a prize example of two track justice under Israeli rule. House enlargements on own property, dairy farm structures etc ... are destroyed because there was no building permit when they belong to Palestinians.

But outposts - by definition illegal, squatted on land not owned by the settler squatters - are not only NOT subject to destruction although theoretically the same laws should apply ... they are provided with utilities (water, electricity, own roads) and them formally presented for upgrading into legal settlemennt status.

Democracy? JUSTICE? Only for those of the right ethno-religious group .... which makes something of a farce of the concepts of democracy and justice.

So, thanks for that link, also, Eleonora.

Evelyn B (63)
Thursday January 1, 2015, 2:00 pm
Strangely, Carrie - I noted this earlier - it was even under "noted" in "my news" - and no it wasn't - so I've had to note again!! Thanks for posting ...

Eleonora Oldani (37)
Thursday January 1, 2015, 2:36 pm

Playing the advocatus diaboli for a moment, Evelyn, one could wonder how many were cut out from the video who were in favour. But what I understand regarding this project it's not censored or tailor-made. My point was exactly what you made out of it: normal people with an intact sense for justice can never condone such actions! Simple.

Regarding building permits in the OT: looking at it from the legal aspect I never understood nor will I ever understand why Israel is in charge of granting a building permit for Palestinians who live under their occupation and given that there is something called "Palestinian Authority".

Again it shows the true intents of polit-Israel. It gives them leverage and the "right" to demolish what they don't like and in order to continuously fuel the flames of "love" ... and then they complain their heads off if their illegal settlers get attacked in the Occupied Territories where they have no right to be in the first place!

At the face of it a psychopathic behavior - but in reality it has system although an evil one.

You may also want to watch the other videos by Corey Gil-Shuster - they're quite interesting.
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