Thursday, February 17, 2005

News Flash: Collective Punishment Doesn't Work

Finally, someone is doing something right in the Middle East!

February 17, 2005

Israeli Defense Minister Orders End to Home Demolitions

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz ordered an end Thursday to the policy of demolishing the houses of Palestinians involved in attacks against Israelis, the military said.
Mofaz decided to ``stop exercising the legal right to demolish terrorists' houses as a means of deterrence'' after a recommendation from army chief of staff Lt. Gen. Moshe Yaalon, the statement said.
An internal army review of the policy called it ineffective, concluding that it enflamed anger and failed to deter attacks. The practice has been widely condemned by human rights groups as collective punishment.
The Israeli military has used the tactic of destroying houses of suicide bombers and other Palestinian attackers during the current and previous conflicts with the Palestinians.

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