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HaMoked petitioned the HCJ against the intended punitive demolition of four homes in the West Bank: the court issued a temporary injunction prohibiting the demolitions until further decision

On July 17, 2017, the military rejected HaMoked’s objections to the punitive demolition orders targeting four homes in Ramallah District: three in Deir Abu Mash’al and one in Silwad. On July 23, 2017, HaMoked petitioned the High Court of Justice (HCJ), to compel the military to cancel the demolition orders and suspend their implementation pending the court’s decision.

HaMoked reiterated its principle position that punitive demolition of homes was a prohibited act of collective punishment, in grave breach of international law and the fundamental tenet of Israeli jurisprudence that a person must not be punished for acts done by another. HaMoked noted that “neither proportionality nor discretion have been applied here, only the implementation of the government’s decision to demolish homes, nothing more”.

After the petitions were filed, the court issued a temporary order forbidding the state from demolishing the homes pending another decision. The state was instructed to submit its response to the petitions not later than 24 hours before the hearing, to be held on July 31, 2017 at the latest. (02) 627 1698   (02) 627 6317

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