Israel demolishes West Bank home of Palestinian

A Palestinian boy inspects the family house of Omar Al-Abed after it was demolished by Israeli authorities in the West Bank village of Kobar, near Ramallah, Wednesday. (AP)
Updated 17 August 2017
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Israel demolishes West Bank home of Palestinian

JERUSALEM: The Israeli military said it has demolished the West Bank home of a Palestinian man who stabbed three Israelis to death in their home at a nearby Jewish settlement last month.

Omar Al-Abed, who is 19 years old, was shot and wounded by an off-duty soldier at the scene of the July 21 attack. He was later arrested.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called him a “beast” who was incited to hate Jews.
Wednesday’s actions follow similar destruction of homes of Palestinians who carry out attacks on Israelis. The destructions are meant as a deterrent.
Police said they will charge five members of Al-Abed’s family for failing to stop him from carrying out the stabbing. The five were arrested and face prosecution for failing to prevent a crime.
Meanwhile, Israel is pressing ahead with construction of an underground barrier along the border with the Gaza Strip in an ambitious project meant to halt the threat of attack tunnels built by the Hamas militant group.
Cranes and work crews are digging holes and installing sensors and other equipment for a structure that is to stretch along the entire 60-km border when it is complete.
Gadi Yarkoni, head of a local council, said the project is a key reason the area has enjoyed a surge in growth and attracted young families since a devastating war with Hamas three years ago.
In the 2014 war, Hamas militants made their way several times into Israel through a tunnel network, terrifying locals.
Yarkoni said “building the barrier is the right thing to do.”
In a separate development, the daughter of the American ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, has immigrated to Israel and taken Israeli citizenship.
The 24-year-old Talia Friedman arrived at Ben Gurion Airport on Tuesday on a charter flight carrying over 200 new immigrants from North America and was greeted by her father.
Friedman, President Donald Trump’s former bankruptcy attorney, was appointed ambassador earlier this year. His appointment was opposed by Democrats and some Jewish groups because of donations to Israeli settlements, opposition to Palestinian statehood and vocal support for hard-line Israeli government positions.
Friedman told Israeli media that he was proud of his daughter. He said that “she loves Israel, we all love Israel. Our whole family loves Israel.”
Friedman is a member of Trump’s team spearheading efforts to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.


Thousands of Moroccans protest against US Jerusalem embassy move

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Thousands of Moroccans protest against US Jerusalem embassy move

  • More than 10,000 Moroccans chanting “Death to Israel” took to the streets of Casablanca on Sunday
  • The US opened its embassy in Jerusalem on May 14, moving it from Tel Aviv

CASABLANCA: More than 10,000 Moroccans chanting “Death to Israel” took to the streets of Casablanca on Sunday to protest against the US decision to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
The marchers carried Palestinian flags and placards that read “Al Quds (Jerusalem) Palestine’s eternal capital.” Most appeared to be Islamists, with women wearing headscarves and marching separately from men.
The US opened its embassy in Jerusalem on May 14, moving it from Tel Aviv, a move that reversed decades of US policy and delighted Israel and infuriated Palestinians.
The status of Jerusalem is one of the thorniest obstacles to forging a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians, who with broad international backing want East Jerusalem, captured by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war, as their capital.
Israel regards all of the city, including the eastern sector it annexed after the 1967 conflict, as its capital. The administration of US President Donald Trump has said the city’s final borders should be decided by the parties.
On the day the United States opened its new embassy, Israeli troops killed 60 Palestinian demonstrators near the border in Gaza. Israel says the violence was incited by Hamas, the Islamist group that runs Gaza. Hamas denies blame.
The Casablanca protest had been called by a coalition of four parties including the Islamist opposition group Al-Adl Wal Ihsan which is seen as Morocco’s most powerful opposition group in terms of rallying supporters on the street.