Homes of Palestinian attackers razed in terror crackdown

Marcy Oster

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli security forces razed the homes of two Palestinian terrorists and sealed off part of the home of a third.

The demolitions in eastern Jerusalem took place early on Tuesday morning, hours after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with his Security Cabinet and vowed a harsher response to the recent wave of Palestinian terror that has left four Israelis dead.

The home of Abu Jamil Jasan Ben Muhammad, who carried out an attack in November 2014 on a synagogue in the Har Nof neighborhood of Jerusalem, that left five dead including three dual American-Israeli citizens, was one of the homes demolished on Tuesday. The home of his accomplice and cousin Abu Jamal Uday Ben Abed was cemented shut at the time of the attack. The assailants had entered the synagogue and rabbinical seminary in the Har Nof neighborhood of western Jerusalem and attacked worshippers wielding a gun, axes and knives, killing four worshippers and a Druze policeman who came to their aid.

The home of Muhammed Naif El- Ja’abis, who in August 2014 killed an Israeli man and injured seven others in Jerusalem after he drove a bulldozer out of a construction site onto a main street, deliberately striking and running over pedestrians before ramming the tractor into a public bus and overturning it, also was demolished.

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A room in the home of Muatez Ibrahim Halil Hijazi, who in October 2014 attempted to assassinate Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick after a speech at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center, was sealed off as well.

The demolition orders were issued to the families of the terrorists last year. The three terrorists were killed at the time of their attacks.

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