Punitive house demolitions, the prohibition of collective punishment, and the Supreme court of Israel
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Penn State international law review, Vol. 21, no. 3, 2003, p. 477-507
Source : https://elibrary.law.psu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1571&context=psilr (last accessed on 20.11.2020)
This article will examine Israel's controversial house demolition policy in light of the State's obligations under international law. In particular, these actions will be assessed with regard to the legal prohibition of acts of collective punishment. Section II will examine the domestic legal basis relied upon by Israel for house demolitions. Section III will then set out the prohibition of collective punishment under international law. Following this, section IV will explore the case-law of the Supreme Court of Israel which adressed the house demolition issue. The final section of this article will ask whether these house demolitions in the occupied territories amount to serious violations of international law.
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