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This is how many Israeli cops it takes to demolish a Palestinian home

Around 1,200 members of the Israeli security forces entered Shuafat refugee camp in East Jerusalem on Wednesday morning to oversee the demolition of the home of Ibrahim al-Akri, who killed two Israelis in Jerusalem last year.

Approximately 1,200 members of the Israeli security forces entered Shuafat refugee Camp in East Jerusalem Wednesday morning to demolish the home of a Palestinian who killed two Israelis in a terror attack last year.

A cloud of smoke rises into the air above Shuafat refugee camp after a home is demolished by Israeli security forces, East Jerusalem, December 2, 2015. (Israel Police)

A cloud of smoke rises into the air above Shuafat refugee camp after a home is demolished by Israeli security forces, East Jerusalem, December 2, 2015. (Kamel Jabarin)

The attacker, Ibrahim al-Akri, drove his car into a crowd of people in Jerusalem in November 2014, killing Jadan Asad, a Border Police officer, and Shlomo Aharon Badani.

Israeli security forces line up in a street in Shuafat refugee camp during a home demolition, East Jerusalem, December 2, 2015. (Israel Police)

Israeli security forces line up in a street in Shuafat refugee camp during a home demolition, East Jerusalem, December 2, 2015. (Israel Police)

According to Haaretz, clashes broke out between Israeli security forces and Palestinians in the camp, but that al-Akri’s home was demolished as planned. In one video that was shot on-site, a police officer can be heard counting down in Hebrew, before the explosion. A large cloud of dust and smoke can then be seen rising into the air.

The demolition was unusual in that it took place during the day, as Israel generally carries out demolition orders at night. According to Police Spokesperson Luba Samri, the forces confiscated an M-16 and a magazine during the operation.

Israeli security forces are seen posted inside and on top of buildings during a home demolition in Shuafat refugee camp, East Jerusalem, December 2, 2015. (Israel Police)

Israeli security forces are seen posted inside and on top of buildings during a home demolition in Shuafat refugee camp, East Jerusalem, December 2, 2015. (Israel Police)

Shuafat refugee camp, which is cut off from the rest of Jerusalem by the separation wall, is one of East Jerusalem’s poorest neighborhoods. The absence of municipal services and its abandonment by the police mean that lawlessness has beset the camp.

The issue of punitive home demolitions has returned to the fore over the last two months amid a wave of attacks against Israelis on both sides of the Green Line. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently promised that Israel would act quickly to demolish the homes of Palestinians who have carried out terror attacks. Nonetheless, the Supreme Court has not automatically rubber-stamped these decisions.

Israeli security forces inspect a map during a home demolition in Shuafat refugee camp, East Jerusalem, December 2, 2015. (Israel Police)

Israeli security forces inspect a map during a home demolition in Shuafat refugee camp, East Jerusalem, December 2, 2015. (Israel Police)

On Tuesday, the demolition of the home of Nur al-Din Hashayeh, who stabbed and killed an Israeli soldier in Tel Aviv in November last year, was canceled by the Supreme Court in a two to one majority. The judges who voted against the demolition wrote that the amount of time that had lapsed between the attack and the decision to demolish Hashayeh’s home undermined the deterrent effect of the demolition.

An M-16 rifle confiscated by Israeli forces during a home demolition in Shuafat refugee camp, December 2, 2015. (photo: Israel Police)

An M-16 rifle confiscated by Israeli forces during a home demolition in Shuafat refugee camp, December 2, 2015. (photo: Israel Police)

The deterrent effect is Israel’s main justification for demolishing the homes of Palestinians who have carried out terror attacks. However, it is considered a form of collective punishment and is therefore illegal under international law. Furthermore, a committee headed by then-IDF chief Moshe Ya’alon, who is now Israel’s defense minister, found very little evidence to show that demolishing homes has any deterrent effect at all.

The issue of equality before the law has also come up in recent months in the wake of several high-profile incidents of Jewish terrorism. While Israelis leaders have declared their intent to punish Jewish Israelis who have carried out acts of terrorism in the same way as Palestinians, not a single home belonging to a Jewish Israeli has been demolished for this reason. In December 2014, the government argued that demolishing the homes of Jewish terrorists was unnecessary as no deterrent effect was needed in the Jewish community.

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    1. The whole world clammers for peace in the middle east and they push and push for Israel to give up more of their land as part of a deal in which Israel and the Arabs will recognize one another and make peace. The Bible tells us that this deal WILL BE MADE but it will be AGAINST the will of God because this is the land that God has given Israel and He has brought them back again as a nation! Today all of the worlds wars, economic problems, weather issues, and the great efforts being made to give world wide authority to one body to solve the problems of war and economic issues, fit what the Bible points out for us to look for in the coming tribulation period! Because we can see things occurring and falling into place rapidly we should know that the rapture of the church is near. We are obviously living toward the end of the church age in what is called the end times or last days. Recently we may have been witness to the fulfillment of Genesis 49:25 with the discovery of a large oil strike in Israel. I wrote a small book about the end times, Biblical prophecy, and the tribulation period. It’s just for your information and consideration and it’s free. I don’t even accept donations on my or anyone else’s behalf. It’s a short read of about 7 pages. I encourage you to take a look. http://www.booksie.com/religion_and_spirituality/book/richard_b_barnes/after-the-rapture-whats-next

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      • Ben

        Richard, what would Jesus do?

        http://972mag.com/no-jesus-would-not-be-a-settler-hed-practice-solidarity/109338/

        By Activestills | July 27, 2015
        No, Jesus would not be a settler — he’d practice solidarity

        Former Israeli ambassador Michael Oren says Jesus would be considered a settler if he lived in Bethlehem today. Such talk obscures the nature of the settlement enterprise and slanders Jesus.

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        • Gustav

          Benny-leh quoting his own left hand again. In his petty little mind if something appears in writing in an extreme leftist publication then it must be the gospel truth. LOL.

          Poor old Benny, he just cannot let a single comment go unchallanged if it contradicts his religion … oops I meant to say his committment the Arab cause and hatred of Israel. He exhibits the signs of obsessive compulsive behavior.

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          • Ben

            Oh I’m happy to quote your right hand too–Bibi’s good friend, Michelle Bachmann. I wouldn’t want you to feel neglected:

            http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/news/1.684848?v=9D881BB9164E4E00BDD9F95E98A33D15

            Michele Bachmann calls for converting ‘as many Jews as we can’ after Israel tour
            On conservative radio show, former presidential candidate calls to step up efforts to bring Jews to Christianity, because Jesus is ‘coming soon.’

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          • Gustav

            Benny thinks Bachman upsets me. At least, unlike you she wants what she thinks is best for us, even if she is misguided. Which is more than what I can say for the likes of you, Benny-leh.

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          • Ben

            Here’s the truth. If +972 were *really* a marginal, extreme leftist publication you would not bother to obsessively read it and obsessively chase after me like you do. It’s because you actually know–though you’ll never admit it–that +972 is not extremist but is intelligent, urbane, sophisticated, and progressive, and tells “the real deal,” gets behind the hasbara screen like almost no other publication, and internationalizes the conversation about Israel by bringing together English-language bloggers to offer a true window into the progressive conversation on the ground–it’s because you know all that that you gnash your teeth and chase after this publication to harangue it’s writers, and really obsessively chase after me to personally attack me for some strange reason. People know that. Congrats. You’re a +972 amplifier. There should be an award for this.

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          • Gustav

            As I said to you before, Benny, what upsets me about this publication is that it tells only one side of the story. It ignores history, it ignores context, unless it is Arab history or context relevant to Arabs in which case they seem to be very precise. In fact, it does not just ignore things that are relevant to Israel’s side of the story, it sometimes denies it (like you Benny). For instance, the fact that the Arabs have been waging a 100 year war against us with the objective of ultimately gaining control of all the land between the river and the sea. For instance, anyone with an ounce of intelligence and lack of bias has to notice that this magazine hardly ever mentions the likes of Hamas or Islamic Jihad , what they have been doing and what they stand for. Or even for that matter, the true face of the PLO. And when they do talk about all those groups, they invariably treat them as just poor victims.

            So Benny-leh. This makes your favorite magazine just a cheap little propaganda rag. An instrument of our enemies.

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          • Ben

            It doesn’t ignore history. It wants to move on. It wants to solve problems. It realizes that history is way more complicated than your simplistic, blame externalizing version if it. And it realizes that continuing the occupation, the status quo, is no solution. You on the other hand want to luxuriously wallow in a one-sided occupier’s version of history. And as David Cannon remarks over at Michael Omer-Man’s article (“How Americans really feel about equality for Palestinians and Israelis”), “leaders on both sides have got to look to the future not to the past.” And in regards to your “history,” as the general’s son, Miko Peled, says, “the story upon which I was raised … was a lie.”

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          • Gustav

            BEN:”It doesn’t ignore history. It wants to move on. It wants to solve problems”

            Solve problems? BS! It advocates, as you do, Benny-leh, that we cave in to every Arab demand in return for NOTHING but a continuation of Arab agression.

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          • Gustav

            It ignores history by being selective about history. And the reson why people like you are ecstatically happy about that is because it makes it easier for you to argue that Israel has to meet every Arab demand without having to agree to any Israeli terms.

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          • Gustav

            Amusing. The eternal biased critics of Israel just can’t stand being criticized. They have censored about four of my posts which was critical of this publication.

            The poor darlings. What thin skins they have. They are obviously not aware that ya can’t silence truth. You can censor but you can’t silence.

            Never mind, I am not a giver upper. I will keep trying to post here. So you guys either ban me or be prepared for a long vigil coz I will keep on posting our side of the story no matter how often you will censor my posts.

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          • Ben

            Will you look at that?! Trump trumps Gussie! Two peas in a pod though. Both cherishing incredibly facile, misleading, and offensive WWII analogies.

            REUTERS – Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Tuesday defended his proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States, comparing his plan to the World War Two detainment of Japanese-Americans and others in dismissing growing outrage from around the world.

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          • Gustav

            Will ya look at that? Benny who claims to be an American riles against an American presidential candidate to an Israeli in a publication dedicated to the demonization of Israel. I told you before Benny. I have no interest in Trump. But if you do, you should rile about him to other Americans in American publications discussing America.

            I am just not interested. I am not a busy body like you who meddles in the affairs of other countries.

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          • Ben

            Well you’ve said that you think France’s answer to the Paris attack should in part be to invade and occupy Muslim lands. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi of course would like nothing more than that. The only thing he might like as much is America doing what this idiotic demagogue, Trump, said it should do today: single out all Muslims of the world as enemies, totally close the borders based on a religious test. (And by the way Trump had thousands of his supporters waving their fists in anger as he incited against Muslims, a scene like nothing so much as the beer halls in Munich 80 years ago.) Yes, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi would like nothing more. I wonder if you and Mr. Trump have more in common than you suppose?

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          • Gustav

            BEN:”Well you’ve said that you think France’s answer to the Paris attack should in part be to invade and occupy Muslim lands.

            Nope, I said no such thing. I said that it is likely to happen. Your comprehension is very poor Benny-leh.

            BEN:”Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi of course would like nothing more than that.

            If you say so, Benny-leh. But chances are he will end up dead so it doesn’t matter what he would like.

            BEN:”The only thing he might like as much is America doing what this idiotic demagogue, Trump, said…”

            Blah blah blah. I told you I have no interest in Trump, Benny-leh.

            BEN:”it should do today: single out all Muslims of the world as enemies, totally close the borders based on a religious test. (And by the way Trump had thousands of his supporters waving their fists in anger as he incited against Muslims”

            And I also told you Benny-leh that we Jews are the canaries in the mine. Things happen to us first then if it becomes acceptable, the same things happen elsewhere too.

            BEN:”a scene like nothing so much as the beer halls in Munich 80 years ago.) Yes, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi would like nothing more. I wonder if you and Mr. Trump have more in common than you suppose?”

            Ok Benny-leh, time for you to go onto an American forum and rile about what’s happening in your country.

            Fat chance of that huh? You are too obsessed with Jooooos, right, Benny-leh?

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          • Gustav

            History is as complicated as you want to make it Benny. When you are in denial about things people like you, Benny-leh, choose to make it complicated.
            So people like me come along to remind you that if history is complicated, then the occupation is complicated too.

            Ya want to uncomplicate things? Then listen to what we have to say too.

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          • Ben

            Whatever you’re trying to say it’s neither complicated nor simple, it’s merely unclear.
            But let’s all try to keep history non-simplistic in any event.

            Well Israel has certainly worked very hard and very deliberately to make ending the occupation as complicated as possible, with its core facts-on-the-ground logic of justification (a squatter’s ethos), but there is nothing that complicated about the illegality and criminality of it.

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          • Gustav

            Yea and “those peace makers”, the PLO and Hamas did not complicate the peace process [sarcasm]. I don’t even have to talk about Hamas, they are not hypocrites about what they stand for but let’s just look at the so called peace camp (according to the Bennies of this world), the PLO….

            They demand everything and they offer nothing in return. Not even recognition of Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people. So what does that mean? It mens that they say…

            Gimme, gimme, gimme… and they are not even willing to renounce the reason for fighting their 100 year war against the Jewish state. No point pretending otherwise Benny-leh. UN Resolution 181 spoke of two states, one Jewish, one Arab. The Arabs rejected that resolution and rioted coz they did not want to accept the Jewish state.

            There you are Benny-leh, history is not as complicated as you make out. And contrary to your assertion that it isn’t relevant. It is very relevant.

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          • Ben

            The Palestinians offered the land to the Green Line in exchange for a permanent peace. Israel offered them nothing. The Palestinians recognized Israel, officially, four times over the past 30 years. Israel has never reciprocated and never acknowledged these recognitions. The Arab League offered the Israelis peace with 71 Muslim and Arab states. Israel never bothered to offer anything but objections

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          • Gustav

            BEN:”The Palestinians offered the land to the Green Line in exchange for a permanent peace.”

            Yea Benny and I offer you the Brooklyn Bridge if you just skulk off with your tail between your legs and promise never to return.

            The trouble is that I don’t own the Brooklyn Bridge so you won’t accept, right? In the same way, your Palestinian Arabs don’t own, nor control the land within the green line so they can’t offer those lands to us.

            They offer us peace? No they don’t! They are not even willing to recognize Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people. And guess what that tells us?

            …it tells us that they are still not willing to stop the war which they started because the UN recommended the creation of a Jewish state.

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          • Ben

            But to address your eternal complaint, how would more criticism of the Palestinians change the core issues here? Is it your understanding that the imperfections of the Palestinians gives you some kind of pass, some kind of get out of jail free card, or you get to move five squares ahead or earn some “points”–like the occupation is some kind of monopoly board game?

            You see, “even-handedness,” the lack of which is your core complaint about +972 and me, has been used as a kind of managing the conflict ploy by Israel for 48 years now. We can all be “even-handed” until the end of time; and get nowhere. And nowhere is where Israel wants the the Palestinians to be. Status quo. Very comfortable for Israel. Not so much for the other side.

            What the “even-handed” ploy is all about is forgetting who is occupying whom, who has all the power and who has none, who is stealing land and resources and harshly suppressing an entire people in violation of the law, on behalf of the settlers’ nationalist-religious adventure safari. But above all it is about stalling for time and exhausting the outside world so it will go away. “I’m stealing my neighbor’s house but hey let’s be even-handed about this.”

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          • Gustav

            BEN:”Why you should care about Trump, Gussie, and about American politics.”

            You really are confused, Benny-leh, aren’t you? I am Israeli. I care about Israeli politics. I don’t meddle in the affairs of other countries.

            On the other hand, Benny-leh, you claim to be an American yet you spend all your time obsessing about Israel and neglecting American politics. How do I know? I know because you seem to be on this site nearly 24 hours a day.

            What gives, Benny-leh? Are you sure you are American? I have my doubts…

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          • Gustav

            Ya don’t even understand the core issue, Benny, do ya? Here, lemme try and explain it…

            1. The Arabs started a war against us coz they didn’t want the Jewish state which the UN voted for.

            2. As a consequence of that war of agression by your Arabs, Benny, the occupation happened.

            3. Following any war of agression, it is customary for the side which commits agression to renounce their own agression. Subject to such a renunciation a peace deal can then be signed.

            4. The occupation can only end following a peace deal which of course cannot happen without (3). Otherwise, what would stop the agressors from starting another war, after they get what they want without them formally undertaking that the war has come to an end?

            Get it Benny-leh? Nah of course ya don’t get it coz you just don’t want to get it, do ya?

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          • Gustav

            Trump is super relevant, Benny? So what are you doing here on a site dedicated to the demonization of Israel, preaching to an Israeli about an American presidential candidate?

            Why aren’t you, a person who claims to be American, why aren’t you on an American forum debating America with other Americans? Why is Israel more important to you than America, Benny?

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          • Ben

            Oh it’s not. I visit other sites too. Do you? Thanks for your concern.

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          • Gustav

            You couldn’t possibly visit other sites too Benny. You are ALWAYS here.

            Do I visit other sites? Nah. I want to neutralaize, at least to some extent, the one sided, simplistic demonization of my country on THIS site. Is that a problem for you, Benny-leh?

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          • Ben

            LoL. It IS true that YOU are always here. Whenever I check in you pounce within minutes, invariably. Quixotic. I thought you had a job? No one is “demonizing” Israel here. You should see +972 and its authors as a friend. Me too. I know, I know, you think I’m a paid secret undercover Iranian SAVAK-KAOS agent out to get Maxwell Smart and his Agent 99 and the Jooooos…. Sigh. I can’t be expected to argue with crazedness.

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          • Gustav

            BEN:”…I can’t be expected to argue…”

            No one is expecting you to argue, Benny-leh. I expect you to mind your own business and argue with fellow Americans on American forums about what’s good for America and Americans. Not to spend your useless life on a site dedicated to the demonization of the Jewish state for the greater glory and benefit of Araby…

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          • Ben

            And this on a site the express purpose of which is to internationalize the conversation! Your silly scapegoating (everything would be just fine if not for the Bennies of this world!) and your hatred of me sadly is your hatred of +972:

            “I think there’s still a chance to resolve things,” said Sheizaf, 37, referring to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, “but it’s not going to happen without dramatic pressure from abroad. Left on their own, Israelis will continue the occupation and the current political trends forever.” That’s why Sheizaf caters the magazine to English-speaking readers around the world. “It’s good to internationalize the conversation,” he added. “I believe in this thing we do. I think to bring honest, grassroots voices in English out of Israel, is of the essence.”

            http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/88611/wake-up-call

            In my opinion, the sum total of your incessant efforts here, Gustav, is to convince reasonable folks that there is indeed the problem Sheizaf identifies above.

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          • Gustav

            Yea, Benny-leh, Sheizaf, one of the founders of this magazine which is dedicated to blame Israel and to whitewash the Arabs at every turn is your reference.

            It’s a bit like looking into the mirror and saying that even your own image agrees with you. Or a bit like disappearing up your own orifice Benny-leh.

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          • Ben

            Hey check it out Gussie. Aluf Benn is telling me not to leave you alone. No sooner did I pen the last missive to you, above, than I opened up Haaretz to see the following.

            http://www.haaretz.com/haaretzq/1.691353

            Haaretz editor calls on progressive voices in America to ‘save Israel from its own extremism’
            ‘Don’t leave us alone,’ Aluf Benn writes in Daily Beast op-ed, published ahead of HaaretzQ conference with the New Israel Fund in New York on December 13.

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          • Gustav

            Have you heard about lemmings Benny-leh? You know, lemmings are those dumb little creatures who follow each other faithfully to their collective deaths by walking off in a long row, stepping off a very high cliff into an abyss below…

            Now, Benny-leh, I know that you are a lemming but I am not. I am only convinced by facts, reason, logic and good arguments. Not by WHO said what nonsense.

            FYI, Aluf Benn is just another self flagelating leftie so the fact that he advocates nonsense is not the least bit convincing. Now if he and his kind would talk a bit of sense instead…

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          • Gustav

            BEN:”You should see +972 and its authors as a friend. Me too.”

            …with friends like you people, Benny-leh, we don’t need enemies.

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