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15 November 2015

Israel exploits the chaos it instigated

Netanyahu Says Radical Islam Spurred Paris Attacks: ‘The Time Has Come for the World to Wake Up’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that it was time for the “world to wake up” and come together to fight terrorism which he asserted is fueled by “radical Islam.”

“In Israel, as in France, terrorism is terrorism and standing behind it is radical Islam and its desire to destroy its victims. The time has come for the world to wake up and unite in order to defeat terrorism,” Netanyahu said at his weekly cabinet meeting, where he also described the attacks as “vicious.”

On Saturday, he likened the West’s fight against radical Islamic terrorism to a civilizational battle against a “plague.”

The Israeli leader said, “Militant Islamic terrorism attacks our societies because it wants to destroy our civilization and our values.”

“I call on the entire civilized world to unite to defeat the plague of worldwide terrorism. … It’s only with this moral clarity that the forces of civilization will defeat the savagery of terrorism,” Netanyahu said.

Comparing the Paris attacks to Palestinian terrorism against Israel, Netanyahu told his cabinet ministers on Sunday, “The time has come for countries to condemn terrorism against us to the same degree that they condemn terrorism everywhere else in the world.”

“We should remember – we are not to blame for the terrorism directed against us, just as the French are not to blame for the terrorism directed against them. It is the terrorists who are to blame for terrorism, not the territories, not the settlements and not any other thing,” Netanyahu said, adding that they simply “desire to destroy” Israel.

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It's time for the “world to wake up” and fight the terrorism that is

Israeli Forces Demolish Family Homes of 4 Palestinians Accused in Shootings in Israeli collective punishment

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Israeli forces on Saturday destroyed the family homes of three Palestinian men charged with carrying out a drive-by shooting last month that killed a couple in front of their four children, and the forces also demolished the home of a man accused of fatally shooting an Israeli in June.

It was the most sweeping use of a controversial antiterrorism measure since a wave of unrest escalated last month, mostly through demonstrations, stabbing attacks against Israeli soldiers and civilians and attempts to hit Israelis with vehicles.

Israel’s Supreme Court approved the demolitions, all in the West Bank, on Thursday after days of debate. Hawkish Israeli politicians and bereaved relatives had accused the court of dragging its feet after it delayed a decision on Oct. 30. An Israeli human rights group, HaMoked, lost an appeal trying to prevent the demolitions.

Israeli military forces surrounded the homes, three in Nablus and one nearby in Silwad, early Saturday morning. They were destroyed with explosives after the families cleared out, local news media reported.

Home demolitions were a tactic widely used against the families of Palestinian suicide bombers during the second intifada, which erupted in 2000. But the practice was largely halted in 2005 after a commission found that it rarely worked as a deterrent, and often inflamed hostility. It was revived as a punitive measure last year.

“There are all too many incentives to encourage people to commit terrorist crimes,” said Mark Regev, a government spokesman. “People who commit these terrorist crimes are not afraid to die. So the fear that the house that they lived in will be destroyed after they are gone provides an effective deterrence and saves lives.”

Sarit Michaeli, of the Israeli rights group B’Tselem, denounced the demolitions.

“The authorities have never accused the relatives who are losing their homes of any crimes,” Ms. Michaeli said. “The notion that it’s acceptable to punish people for other people’s actions is an affront to the law.”

Some news outlets and activists offered an example of how home demolitions might be inflammatory rather than working as a deterrent. On Oct. 13, Alaa Abu Jamal drove into a group of civilians and then attacked others with a cleaver, killing a rabbi. A week earlier, his cousin’s home was demolished. His own home is now scheduled for demolition.