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Hamas: Demolition of resistance forces’ homes shows Israel’s bankruptcy

The photo shows the moment when Mohammad Jaabari's home was destroyed by Israeli forces in al-Khalil, the occupied West Bank, February 16, 2023. (By Getty)

The Palestinian resistance movement Hamas has condemned the demolition of the homes of Palestinian resistance forces as a “brutal crime,” noting the policy shows the “bankruptcy” of the regime.

In a statement on Thursday, Hamas reacted to the Israeli destruction of the home of Mohammad Jaabari, a Palestinian accused of being behind a shooting in the occupied West Bank that killed an Israeli.

“Blowing up the homes of heroes of resistance forces by Zionist occupiers is a crime that reflects their bankruptcy and their complete inability to stop the revolution of the Palestinian nation,” the resistance movement said.

Jaabari was killed by Israeli forces last year. His body was withheld from his family. The house was located in al-Khalil and was demolished by a controlled explosion. The military said the demolition was carried out after an Israeli court rejected appeals to spare the residence.

Jabari’s family says an Israeli court issued a decision to demolish their house a few days ago, and that they were informed of the decision only a few hours before the raid by the regime forces.

Jabari, a Hamas resistance fighter, was shot dead by an off-duty Israeli soldier last October. His brother Wael had been serving life in Israeli prison before being freed and sent to the Gaza Strip in the Gilad Shalit prisoner swap deal in 2011.

This is a “brutal crime” aimed at deterring the Palestinian people from the path of resistance, Hamas said, adding that the continuation of such policies will neither frighten the Palestinian nation nor undermine their resistance against occupiers.

The statement also lauded various campaigns that have been launched to voice protest against the inhumane policy. It also called for increasing what it called “heroic operations” and resistance for avenging the blood of Palestinian martyrs.

Rights groups and Palestinians have long slammed the home demolition policy as a form of “collective punishment” against families, noting that it only exacerbates Palestinian suffering in the Israeli-occupied territories. 

Such demolitions are also considered illegal under international law, but Israel justifies the brutal tactic as a means to "deter future attackers."

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