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Israel launches a battery of measures to punish 'family members of terrorists' and escalates tension


Police cordoned off the home of a Palestinian who attacked a synagogue, killing 7 in Jerusalem. Benjamin Netanyahu's government is considering reprisals.

The security forces of Israel sealed this Sunday the family home of the Palestinian who killed seven people on Friday in front of a synagogue in East Jerusalem, in one of the first retaliatory measures against the "relatives of terrorists".

The Israeli security cabinet had announced on Saturday night that it would launch against "the relatives of terrorists who support terrorism."

Among the measures cited is

the possibility of depriving them of social security or taking away their Israeli identity cards


The latter will be examined by the Council of Ministers.

It had also been indicated that the home of the family of Khayri Alqam, the perpetrator of the attack on Friday in Neve Yaakov, "would be cordoned off immediately before being destroyed."

The Israeli forces

hermetically closed the different entrances to the home

, while its inhabitants were forced to leave it, according to reports from neighbors and journalists present at the scene.

One wounded in a shooting attack this Saturday in the Old City of Jerusalem.


The demolition of homes of relatives of Palestinians who killed Israelis is not a new measure in Israel, whose authorities defend it for its deterrent effects, although its detractors consider it unnecessary collective punishment.

The head of the legal department of the Israeli NGO HaMoked, Dani Shenhar, said that the announced demolition of that house shows the government's "will for revenge" "against the relatives."

It is a measure taken "without any respect for the rule of law," he added.

wave of attacks

Khayri Alqam, 21, killed seven people outside a synagogue in East Jerusalem on Friday, before being shot dead after a short police chase.

On Saturday, another Palestinian youth, just 13 years old, shot and wounded a 47-year-old man and his 23-year-old son, before being "wounded and neutralized" in a neighborhood outside the wall that delimits the Old City, in Jerusalem. This one, police reported.

A group of neighbors, in front of the house of an alleged Palestinian terrorist, demolished this Sunday by Israeli forces, in East Jerusalem.



No organization claimed responsibility for these two attacks.

Three of the victims of the shooting on Friday were buried on Saturday night, according to an AFP journalist.

They were Asher Natan, a 14-year-old teenager, and Eli and Natalie Mizrahi, a couple who tried to help the first victims of the attack.

This spiral of violence began on Thursday with an Israeli incursion into the occupied Palestinian enclave of the West Bank, in which

nine Palestinians were killed

, including an elderly woman.

A Palestinian house and car were torched in the West Bank village of Turmus Ayya, an attack attributed by residents to Israeli settlers but not confirmed by the Israeli military.

Pain at the funeral, on Saturday, of one of the victims of Friday's attack on a Jerusalem synagogue.

Photo: EFE

Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing government has placed security forces on high alert and the army has announced reinforcements in the West Bank.

This Sunday morning Israeli security agents killed a Palestinian near a Jewish settlement in the West Bank, the Palestinian Health Ministry reported.

According to the Israeli army, the man was "armed".

weapons for civilians 

The security cabinet of the Hebrew State proposed on Saturday night to facilitate the transport of civilians.

"When civilians carry weapons, they can defend themselves," Israeli National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir told reporters.

"Our response will be vigorous, swift and precise," said Prime Minister Netanyahu, who returned to power in December with a new government that includes ministers from the far-right and ultra-Orthodox Jewish parties.

The Palestinian Authority, which governs the West Bank, considered that Israel is "fully responsible for the dangerous escalation."

From Washington to Moscow, passing through Paris, calls from international leaders multiplied asking to avoid "a spiral of violence."

Pope Francis also

condemned the upsurge in violence in the Middle East

 and called on the two parties to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict to undertake a "sincere search for peace."

The head of US diplomacy, Antony Blinken, arrived in Egypt on Sunday to begin a brief tour of the Middle East, which will include a stop in Jerusalem and another in Ramallah, the headquarters of the Palestinian Authority.

Israeli MP Mickey Levy, of the centrist Yesh Atid (opposition) party, warned that the new wave of violence was reminiscent of the second Intifada, the Palestinian uprising from 2000 to 2005, which saw bloody clashes.

Source: AFP


look also

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Source: clarin

All news articles on 2023-01-29

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