(Rabbis for Human Rights) December 2, 2015 – After receiving the court’s verdict on the Jewish terrorists who murdered Mohammad Abu Khdeir last summer, the father of the late victim questioned why the homes of the convicted were not demolished. His cry for justice compels us to look back on this practice. The practice of demolishing the homes of terrorists is unacceptable in and of itself – not only is it collective punishment, but it is also ineffective and, according to a study by the army, may even lead to an increase in violent attacks. However, the practice also reveals and puts into practice the double standards between Jews and Arabs, as the homes of Jewish terrorists are not destroyed.
The demolition of terrorist family homes was halted in the 90s after the rise of Jewish terrorist networks. This decision indicates an unwillingness by the Israeli authorities to implement this draconian punishment in an egalitarian manner.