Stopping Home Demolitions and Collective Punishment

3 June 2020

For the first time since 2016, Israel’s Supreme Court has cancelled a demolition order for a private home in the West Bank.

This ruling comes in response to a petition filed by NIF grantee Hamoked: Center for the Defense of the Individual.

The Supreme Court instructed the IDF not to destroy a two-story house in Beit Kahil, which is located near the southern West Bank city of Hebron. The house is the current residence of the family of a convicted terrorist (who murdered a Jewish Israeli named Dvir Sorek in 2019), including his wife and three children, his parents, and his brother.

None of the home’s current inhabitants committed the crime, yet, they still faced punishment.

In a majority ruling, Justices Uzi Vogelman and Anat Baron accepted Hamoked’s claims that the demolition was “disproportionate” and punished innocent people for a crime that they did not commit.