||<p>We have serious concerns about the use of punitive acts against the families of
Palestinians who have been accused of violent acts by Israel, including Israel’s policy
of demolitions to destroy the homes belonging to suspected Palestinian terrorists
or their families. Such punishments cause unnecessary suffering to ordinary Palestinians;
call into question Israel's commitment to a viable two-state solution; and, in all
but the most exceptional of cases, are contrary to international humanitarian law.
Officials from our Embassy in Tel Aviv have registered concerns about this policy
with Israeli authorities.</p>