Israel has sealed off the family home of 21-year-old Khayri Alqam, a Palestinian who killed seven people on Friday in east Jerusalem. Authorities are expected to later demolish the building.
The move comes after Benjamin Netanyahu’s government announced measures to revoke some of the rights of relatives of Palestinians who carry out attacks on Israelis.
Israel claims that the demolitions of the family homes of Palestinians have a deterrent effect, but critics denounce it as collective punishment, leaving families homeless.
Dani Shenhar, a member of the human rights organization HaMoked, said the sealing of homes demonstrated the government’s “desire for revenge against families.”
He argued the measure was “taken in total disregard of the rule of law.” And that HaMoked will protest the move to the country’s attorney general.
Israeli authorities also plan to seal off the family home of a 13-year-old who opened fire in East Jerusalem on Saturday, wounding an Israeli man and his son.