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Friday, July 04, 2008

Barak issues demolition orders for terrorists' homes

Ignoring leftist Attorney General Manny Mazuz's gratuitous advice that demolishing terrorists' homes, while legal, could "raise significant legal problems," Defense Minister Ehud Barak has ordered the IDF to begin the process of issuing demolition orders against the homes of terrorists Ala Abu Dhaim of Jebl Mukaber - who murdered eight students in March at Yeshivat Merkaz HaRav - and Husam Taysir Dwayat of Sur Bahir, who murdered three Israelis on Wednesday.
On Thursday, Attorney-General Menahem Mazuz had informed the government that according to the law, Israel may demolish terrorists' homes within areas of Israeli sovereignty, but doing so could raise "significant legal problems."

The statement was included in a legal opinion submitted to the government following consultations between the army and the state attorney's office earlier in the day on the question of house demolitions.

According to Mazuz, "In view of the rulings of the High Court of Justice over many years, it cannot be said that there is a legal obstacle to activating the authority to demolish homes," he said.

"However, such action arouses significant legal difficulties."

Mazuz did not elaborate on what the difficulties were or how they could exist if there was no legal prohibition regarding house demolitions.

Mazuz added that "the political and security officials must take into account the various factors that have been listed [in the legal opinion] and be aware of the dangers they entail."

Furthermore, the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) must examine the specific circumstances of each case in coordination with the Ministry of Justice.
Someone needs to remind Mazuz that he's the lawyer and not the client. It's clear that his 'advice' was politically motivated. Of course, it should be clear to all of you that were there not elections in the air, there is no way that this government would find the 'intestinal fortitude' to take any action against the terrorists' families.


At 9:07 PM, Blogger Daniel said...

do it already!

At 8:02 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Sorry, Daniel. Israel's Far Left will probably run to the courts to get it blocked. As Caroline Glick wrote about the massacre in Friday's Jerusalem Post, the Israeli government is infamous for making a lot of noise about getting tough on terror - a recurrently familiar story - but refuses to enforce the law. If the terrorists' homes are actually demolished, it would be nice to see it but I'm not holding my breath waiting to see it happen.


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