Israel army destroys Palestinian attacker’s West Bank home

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The army destroyed the walls of Ashraf Naalwa’s home on the ground and first floors of the house, before withdrawing on Monday morning. (AFP)
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The Israeli military did not immediately comment on the operation. (AFP)
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Ashraf Naalwa was suspected of killing a 28-year-old woman and a 35-year-old man in the Barkan industrial zone of the occupied West Bank in October and was killed when forces tried to arrest him. (AFP)
Updated 17 December 2018
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Israel army destroys Palestinian attacker’s West Bank home

  • Three people were injured by rubber bullets, official Palestinian news agency Wafa said
  • Hundreds of soldiers surrounded the house in a suburb of Tulkarm in the north of the West Bank

NABLUS, Palestinian Territories: Israeli forces destroyed the home of a Palestinian accused of killing two Israelis, in an army raid that triggered clashes overnight Monday, an AFP journalist said.
Three people were injured by rubber bullets, official Palestinian news agency Wafa said.
Hundreds of soldiers surrounded the house in a suburb of Tulkarm in the north of the West Bank, the AFP journalist said.
The army destroyed the walls of Ashraf Naalwa’s home on the ground and first floors of the house, before withdrawing on Monday morning.
The Israeli military did not immediately comment on the operation.
Naalwa, 23, was killed by the Israeli army last Thursday after a two-month manhunt.
He was accused of killing two Israeli colleagues in an industrial zone near the northern West Bank Jewish settlement of Barkan.
The Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas claimed Naalwa as one of its fighters.
Speaking at a cabinet meeting on Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he had ordered “the acceleration of the demolition of terrorists’ homes” in the wake of the recent wave of attacks.
Late Sunday, Israeli ministers gave initial approval to a bill that would allow the army to move family members of Palestinian attackers to a different West Bank location.
Education Minister Naftali Bennett, whose Jewish Home faction was behind the bill, said it would help deter would-be assailants.
“The terrorists have stopped fearing us,” he said in a statement, noting that the justice ministry opposes the proposed legislation.


Lebanese town bans Muslims from buying, renting property

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Lebanese town bans Muslims from buying, renting property

  • Lebanese Christian communities feel under siege as Muslims leave overcrowded areas
  • This comes against the backdrop of deep-rooted sectarian divisions that once erupted into a 15-year civil war

BEIRUT: The case of Hadat, a once-Christian Lebanese town that bars Muslims from buying or renting property, has sparked a national outcry.
It reflects the country’s rapidly changing demographic make-up against the backdrop of deep-rooted sectarian divisions that once erupted into a 15-year civil war that left more than 100,000 people dead.
Lebanese Christian communities feel under siege as Muslims leave overcrowded areas for once predominantly Christian neighborhoods.
Mohammed Awwad and his fiancee, both Muslims, recently found an affordable apartment for rent online in Hadat, southeast of Beirut, but were stunned when they found that Muslims are not allowed to settle in the town.
Hadat is the only area where such a ban is publicly announced. Elsewhere, it’s imposed in more discreet ways.