Israel hands out demolition notices to 7 West Bank terrorists’ homes

Cnaan Liphshiz

(JTA) — Israeli troops handed out demolition notices to seven West Bank households which belonged to terrorists.

The orders of demolition — a controversial measure whose application against terrorists’ families is under frequent judicial review is Israel — were handed out Thursday to the family of Ihab Maswada from Hebron, who murdered Genadi Kaufman in a stabbing attack near the Tomb of the Patriarchs in December.

Additionally, troops gave notices to the Qalandiya family of Issa Assaf and Anan Abu Habsah, who killed Rabbi Reuben Birmajer in a stabbing attack at Jaffa Gate in Jerusalem that month; the Beit Amra home of Abdullah Dais, who murdered Dafna Meir on January 17 and the Nablus homes of Bassam Saih, Ragheb Ahmad Muhammad Aliwi and Zir Ziad Jamal Amar — all members of a cell responsible for the murders of Eitam and Naama Henkin in October.

Also Thursday, Israel Defense Forces troops and Border police arrested eight Palestinians suspected of terrorism in overnight raids in the West Bank, the spokespersons unit of the IDF said Friday.

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Separately, the High Court of Justice on Thursday suspended demolition orders for the West Bank homes of two Palestinians who allegedly killed five Israelis in twin attacks on November 19 of last year.

The court issued the temporary injunctions in response to petitions by the families of the suspected terrorists, Israel Radio reported Friday.

One of the homes belonged to Raed Masalmeh, 36, from Hebron, who admitted stabbing to death Reuven Aviram, 51, and 32-year-old Aharon Yesiav, and wounding a third person in an attack on Jewish worshipers at the Panorama building in south Tel Aviv. He has been indicted for murder at Tel Aviv District Court.

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