ALRAY - For the first time since 2009, Israeli occupation authorities issued a demolishing order for the house of Ziyad Awwad , the alleged suspect for the killing of Baruch Mizrachi, as a punishment.
Israeli sources revealed that Israeli occupation government intends to increasingly ask the court to allow the punitive house demolitions which they believe have proven effectiveness in the past.
According to B’Tselem, Israel demolished some 666 houses as punishment during the years of the second intifada, from 2001 until the practice was discontinued in February 2005.
Since 2005, Israeli war ministry stopped demolishing practices saying it does not have a deterrent effect and, instead, it stirs up more hatred.
A statement by the ministry at that time said, however, that the policy would be reinstated if “there were an extreme change in circumstances.”