US slams Israel for demolishing home of 13-year-old who killed cop

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US bureau chief

The US slams Israel for demolishing the family home of a 13-year-old Palestinian who killed a Border Police officer in a February stabbing attack.

“The government of Israel has demolished the home of a Palestinian family in response to the actions of their 13-year-old child. An entire family should not lose their home because of the actions of one individual,” the US Office of Palestinian Affairs tweets.

On Wednesday a large police force went into the Shuafat refugee camp north of Jerusalem and demolished the home of  Muhammad Zalbani, who stabbed Border Police officer Staff Sgt. Asil Sawaed, 22 as he inspected a bus at the Shuafat crossing in February.

Israel defends the highly controversial home demolition policy as a deterrent to future terror attacks but rights groups say it amounts to collective punishment and it has even been linked to future attacks by impacted relatives.

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