Palestinian homes "must cease to be a target"

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A Palestinian boy amidst the debris of a destroyed house in Gaza City [File Photo]

The Israeli Government's use of house demolition in the occupied Palestinian territory as a punitive measure against alleged acts of violence by Palestinians must end immediately, according to the UN Human Rights Office, OHCHR.

On Tuesday, two UN experts urged for Palestinian homes to cease being targeted, adding that the practice is a violation of human rights law.

Makarim Wibisono, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories, said all acts of violence require a firm response from the Israeli authorities.

But he added that those responsible should be tried before a court of law and sentenced for their crimes, but that the State cannot go beyond what is sanctioned by international law.

Meanwhile, Leilani Farha, the Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing, explained that the use of house demolition as a punitive measure is a form of collective punishment, calling it a "devastating practice".

The Special Rapporteurs remarks follow the 19 November demolition of the East Jerusalem home of Abd al-Rahman al-Shaludi, the Palestinian man accused of committing last month's car attack in Jerusalem.

The attack claimed the lives of a 22 year-old woman and a three-month old child.

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