The U.S. on Wednesday condemned the Israeli military’s decision to demolish the home of a Palestinian-American terrorist, saying the act, which Israel says has proved to be a deterrent against future attacks, was a form of collective punishment.
The Israel Defense Forces on Wednesday night demolished the home of Muntassir Shalabi, the terrorist with American citizenship who opened fire at a group of Israelis last month, killing a teenager and seriously wounding two others.
Hundreds of Palestinians came out to protest the demolition of Shalabi’s large family home in the affluent Arab town of Turmus Aya, near Ramallah. Protesters hurled rocks and Molotov cocktails and other explosive devices at IDF forces.
The family of Shalabi, who according to the Haaretz daily live mostly in the U.S., petitioned the Supreme Court against the demolition but were rejected.
The U.S. embassy called the act “punitive” in a statement following the demolition.