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Justice minister to consider demolishing homes of Israeli citizens who carry out attacks

Gideon Sa'ar, head of the New Hope political party, speaks during the conference of the Israeli Television News Company in Jerusalem, on March 7, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Gideon Sa'ar, head of the New Hope political party, speaks during the conference of the Israeli Television News Company in Jerusalem, on March 7, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Justice Minister Gideon Sa’ar tells Channel 12 that he has ordered his office to look into whether authorities can demolish the homes of terrorists even if they are citizens of Israel.

A number of the recent attacks were carried out by Israeli Arab citizens, and Sa’ar says demolishing their homes may help deter future attackers.

Until now, Israel has only implemented the controversial policy against Palestinians in the West Bank and there may be legal barriers preventing its implementation within the Green Line.

Sa’ar says authorities should also weigh whether the families of attackers who assist their relatives in the crime can be deported to Gaza.

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