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Israel destroys home of Palestinian accused in settler killing

By AFP - May 08,2022 - Last updated at May 08,2022

A Palestinian man sits in a house demolished by Israeli forces in the village of Silat Al Harithiya, near the flashpoint town of Jenin in the occupied West Bank, early on Saturday, belonging to Omar Jaradat accused of killing an Israeli settler (AFP photo)

SILAT AL-HARITHIYA, Palestinian Territories — Israeli forces on Saturday destroyed the home of a Palestinian accused of killing an Israeli settler last year, sparking clashes.

Explosives destroyed the apartment of Omar Jaradat in Silat Al-Harithiya village, near the flashpoint town of Jenin in the northern occupied West Bank, according to a statement by the Israeli forces.

It said Palestinians confronted with Israeli occupation forces, throwing stones and firebombs, which soldiers responded to with semi-automatic fire.

Two Palestinians were wounded, according to an AFP photographer at the scene.

The confrontations add to tensions in Israel and the West Bank as a large-scale manhunt continued for a pair of Palestinians suspected of killing three Israelis in an axe attack Thursday night near Tel Aviv.

Over the past month the Israeli forces and Palestinians have also confronted at the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's Israeli-occuped Old City.

Explosives punched a hole in the pink exterior wall of Jaradat’s apartment and blew out interior walls, leaving the floors strewn with grey rubble.

Israel accused Jaradat and two of his family members of killing religious student Yehuda Dimentman, 25, on December 16, 2021. Gunmen sprayed a car with bullets as it drove out of the wildcat settlement outpost of Homesh. Two others were wounded in the attack.

Israeli forces have previously demolished three other homes of Jaradat family members in Silat Al Harithiya.

Those operations in February and March also led to confrontations, in which the Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian teenager.

Israel regularly destroys the homes of individuals it blames for attacks on Israelis.

The practice has been condemned by critics as a form of collective punishment. Israel insists it deters attacks.

Around 475,000 Jewish settlers live in the West Bank in communities widely regarded as illegal under international law, alongside around 2.9 million Palestinians,

A total of 27 Palestinians and three Arab Israelis have died during the same period, among them perpetrators of attacks and those killed by Israeli forces in occupied West Bank operations.

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