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November 17, 2014 12:16 pm

Israeli Authorities Warn Palestinian Terrorists’ Families of Home Demolitions

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Israel has told the families of several Palestinians involved in attacks against Israelis to evacuate their homes ahead of planned demolitions, Israel’s NRG News reported Monday.

Family members have 48 hours to appeal the order, otherwise the demolition of their homes will be carried out immediately, subject to a final decision by the political echelon, according to the Associated Press.

The new measures indicate that Israel has ratcheted up punitive steps adopted against terrorists who have attacked its citizens. However, the new protocol applies only to terrorists involved in deadly attacks against civilians, including car ramming attacks, and not those caught throwing firebombs or stones, according to the report.

The army said that in recent weeks it had issued several orders to this effect to family members of terrorists in Judea and Samaria (the West Bank).

Police announced that similar proceedings had been opened against a number of Arab families in Jerusalem, but announced that the demolitions themselves depended on a decision by the government.

Last week, a senior military official at the Central Command said that that the army is prepared to carry out the demolitions.

“We have received instructions on the issue; received specific sites, and are at the planning stage of the preparations,” the official said, adding that they are ready to fulfill the demolition order, and only await the go-ahead from above.

“I know the engineering capabilities needed to be imposed at any given point … we did it it to the terrorists who abducted the [three high school students in June], we did it in Idna to the home of murderer of [Israel Police officer] Baruch Mizrahi – and we’ll do it anywhere we need to,” the official said.

In 2005, a military commission established and headed by Gen. (ret.) Udi Shani concluded that the destruction of houses of suicide bombers in most cases was not an effective deterrent, and that the damage exceeded the benefit due to causing more hatred towards Israel, and bred a desire to continue terrorist activity.

The committee’s recommendation was made after three years in which IDF forces demolished dozens of houses of terrorists.

However, the defense establishment now believe that such a move could cause the Palestinians to think again before opting to carry out attacks.

On Nov. 6th, Former Israeli National Security Council chief, Maj.-Gen. (res) Ya’akov Amidror, argued that the only action that can deter “car-bourne” terrorists is taking punitive measures against their families.

“By punishing the terrorists’ families, some will be deterred. The terrorist who knows with certainty that his family will suffer will think twice before committing the deed,” Amidror said.

Five people were killed – one an infant – and some 30 civilians and soldiers have been wounded in attacks over the past two weeks by Palestinian Hamas and Islamic Jihad-affiliated terrorists, who mowed down pedestrians along the tracks and platforms of Jerusalem’s light rail system, and killed civilians in stabbing attacks in the capital, near Jerusalem, and in Tel Aviv.

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  • Fighting and quashing terrorism is a matter of world survival – YJ Draiman

    Put all politics aside – fighting and quashing terrorism is a matter of world survival
    The world needs to put together immediately an International task forces to fight terrorism and Muslim extremists. It needs to be a well trained force with substantial resources and manpower as well as an International intelligence cooperation with no restriction. It has to be a unified and cohesive battle to abolish terrorism at all costs. Let the terrorists know that there is no hole they can hide in, that the world terrorist task force and other law enforcement agencies will get them wherever they are. We must shut off all their resources, financing, financial institutions and any source that supply them with any kind of support; weaponry, economic, information, etc. whatsoever.
    I urge the world powers at large to take these terrorist events seriously with utmost urgency. The situation is at a critical stage and if immediate all out action is not taken in all parts of the world, terror and mayhem will take over the world and we will not be able to stop it.
    Just imagine if one of those terrorist got a hold of a nuclear suitcase bomb. Do I need to describe it any further.
    Is there a leader today (please stand up) in the free world who can take the bull by the horn and initiate this global war on terrorism.
    YJ Draiman

    P.S. God grant me the SERENITY to accept the things I cannot change, the COURAGE to change things that I can, and the WISDOM to know the difference.

    Fighting terrorism is not unlike fighting a deadly cancer. It can not be treated just where it is visible – every diseased cell in the body must be destroyed completely with no traces left.

    When a poison strikes the human body, the only way to address it, is to remove it and destroy it completely. That is the way the terrorist organizations should be treated.

    YJ Draiman

    “Let me explain to you what we – all of us -are up against. Classic warfare is fundamentally a contest of wills fought to impose so much stress on the enemy that he loses the will to fight. A war of terror has the same intent, but with a singularly insidious twist: the enemy can be anybody, anywhere. He is without uniform or identification. His targets are random. His weapon is fear. He knows no constraints. He comes in all guises, often in the dress of his victims. He seeks to shatter nerves and break morale by flaunting the impotence of the authorities to protect their people. He uses his own women and children as his shield. He seeks to goad the defender into ever-harsher counter measures so as to stoke the general hate. He goes all-out to sow despair and to brutalize the agitated hearts of the other side. And in so doing, he strives to corrupt the defender’s military professionalism and discipline through combat stress, demoralization, fatigue, boredom and overkill, the very things we’ve been talking about. Well” – this in a final arpeggio – “no enemy is going to brutalize our hearts, nor corrupt our military professionalism and discipline.

  • British House Demolitions as Punishment
    Regulation 119

    119 – (1) A Military Commander may by order direct the forfeiture to the Government of Palestine of any house, structure, or land from which he has reason to suspect that any firearm has been illegally discharged, or any bomb, grenade or explosive or incendiary article illegally thrown, or of any house, structure or land situated in any area, town, village, quarter or street the inhabitants or some of the inhabitants of which he is satisfied have committed, or attempted to commit, or abetted the commission of, or been accessories after the fact to the commission of, any offence against these Regulations involving violence or intimidation or any Military Court offence; and when any house, structure or land is forfeited as aforesaid, the Military Commander may destroy the house or the structure or anything growing on the land.
    (2) Members of His Majesty’s forces or the Police Force, acting under the authority of the Military Commander may seize and occupy, without compensation, any property in any such area, town, village, quarter or street as is referred to in subregulation (1), after eviction without compensation of the previous occupiers if any.

  • Lauren Goldman

    Forget 48 hours. Immediately strip them of their Israeli citizenship, give them 30 minutes to collect what they can, and drive them to the border. Take the rubble from their house to build a house for actual people.

  • Jonah

    Can you spray hog urine on the rock throwers, mixed with liquid feces? It could be sprayed with a fertilizer plane.


  • sheldon mankes

    good show let them know if you want to play dirty the jews can to but these people are so stupid it dosent matter to them. kill some one else or be killed it dosent matter.dont be nice to them because it means you are afraid of them hit them hard make it hurt.dont give them re construction money it is a waste they will have to be re bomed and re distroyed over and over so why give them aid.they have there laws we have ours.

  • nelson marans

    I would suggest, that in addition to demolition of the homes of terrorists, who have murdered or attempted to murder Israeli citizens, that if the individual
    terrorist is an Israeli Arab, but not jailed, such as rock or fire bomb throwers, that he be summarily deported from Israel to the Palestinian territories. Depriving of Israeli citizenship and all of the accompanying perks should be appropriate punishment for these lesser but still serious offenders.

  • How the British Fought Arab Terror in Jenin and elsewhere in Palestine
    “Demolishing the homes of Arab civilians…” “Shooting handcuffed prisoners…” “Forcing local Arabs to test areas where mines may have been planted…” These sound like the sort of accusations made by British and other European officials concerning Israel’s recent actions in. In fact, they are descriptions from official British documents concerning the methods used by the British authorities to combat Palestinian Arab terrorism in Palestine and elsewhere in 1938.

    The documents were declassified by London in 1989. They provide details of the British Mandatory government’s response to the assassination of a British district commissioner by a Palestinian Arab terrorist in Jenin in the summer of 1938. Even after the suspected assassin was captured (and then shot dead while allegedly trying to escape), the British authorities decided that “a large portion of the town should be blown up” as punishment. On August 25 of that year, a British convoy brought 4,200 kilos of explosives to Jenin for that purpose. In the Jenin operation and on other occasions, local Arabs were forced to drive “mine-sweeping taxis” ahead of British vehicles in areas where Palestinian Arab terrorists were believed to have planted mines, in order “to reduce [British] land mine casualties.” The British authorities frequently used these and similar methods to combat Palestinian Arab terrorism in the late 1930s. British forces responded to the presence of terrorists in the Arab village of Miar, north of Haifa, by blowing up house after house in October 1938. “When the troops left, there was little else remaining of the once busy village except a pile of mangled masonry,” the New York Times reported.

    The declassified documents refer to an incident in Jaffa in which a handcuffed prisoner was shot by the British police. Under Emergency Regulation 19b, the British Mandate government could demolish any house located in a village where terrorists resided, even if that particular house had no direct connection to terrorist activity. Mandate official Hugh Foot later recalled “When we thought that a village was harboring rebels, we would go there and mark one of the large houses. Then, if an incident was traced to that village, we would blow up the house we would marked.” The High Commissioner for Palestine, Harold MacMichael, defended the practice “The provision is drastic, but the situation has demanded drastic powers.”

    MacMichael was furious over what he called the “grossly exaggerated accusations” that England’s critics were circulating concerning British anti-terror tactics in Palestine. Arab allegations that British soldiers gouged out the eyes of Arab prisoners were quoted prominently in the Nazi German press and elsewhere.

    The declassified documents also record discussions among officials of the Colonial Office concerning the anti-terror methods used in Palestine. Lord Dufferin remarked “British lives are being lost and I do not think that we, from the security of Whitehall, can protest squeamishly about measures taken by the men in the frontline.” Sir John Shuckburgh defended the tactics on the grounds that the British were confronted “not with a chivalrous opponent playing the game according to the rules, but with gangsters and murderers.”

    There were many differences between British policy in the 1930s and Israeli policy today, but two stand out. The first is that the British, faced with a level of Palestinian Arab terrorism considerably less lethal than that which Israel faces today, nevertheless utilized anti-terror methods considerably harsher than those used by Israeli forces. The second is that when the situation became unbearable, the British could go home; the Israelis, by contrast, have no other place to go.

  • The frequently voiced complaint that the state being offered to the Palestinians comprises only 22 percent of Palestine is obviously invalid. The truth is exactly the reverse. From the above history it is obvious that the territory on both sides of the Jordan was legally designated for the Jewish homeland by the 1920 San Remo Conference, mandated to Britain, endorsed by the League of Nations in 1922, affirmed in the Anglo-American Convention on Palestine in 1925 and confirmed in 1945 by article 80 of the UN. Yet, approximately 80% of this territory was excised from the territory in May 1923 when, in violation of the mandate and the San Remo resolution, Britain gave autonomy to Trans-Jordan (now known as Jordan) under as-Sharif Abdullah bin al-Husayn.

    Furthermore, as the San Remo resolution of 1920 has never been abrogated, it was and continues to be legally binding between the several parties who signed it.
    It is therefore obvious that the legitimacy of Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and a Jewish state in Palestine all derive from the same international agreement at San Remo.

    In essence, when Israel entered the West Bank and Jerusalem in 1967 it did not occupy territory to which any other party had title, it liberated its own land. While Jerusalem and the West Bank, (Judea and Samaria), were illegally occupied by Jordan in 1948 they remained in effect part of the Jewish National Home that had been created at 1920 San Remo and in the 1967 6-Day War Israel, in effect, recovered territory that legally belonged to it. To quote Judge Schwebel, a former President of the ICJ, “As between Israel, acting defensively in 1948 and 1967, on the one hand, and her Arab neighbours, acting aggressively, in 1948 and 1967, on the other, Israel has the better title in the territory of what was Palestine, including the whole of Jerusalem.

    The world seems to refuse to discuss the fact that “Trans-Jordan” was cut off the Jewish state, in order to accommodate the “Palestinian” Arabs.
    Given this reality, Obama, Kerry, the EU, even Britain and it’s self-approving liberal MP’s, could not keep slamming Israel as an invader in its own historical homeland. I’m constantly surprised that the world turns a blind eye to this fact every day.