PM Order Demolition of Terrorists' Houses

Israel to revoke residency permit for wife of one of 2 terrorists responsible for the morning's gruesome attack. PM orders homes demolished.

Ari Soffer,

Interior Minister Gilad Erdan
Interior Minister Gilad Erdan
Flash 90

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu held an emergency security consultation this afternoon in response to the morning's terrorist attack at a synagogue in the Har Nof neighborhood of Jerusalem.

Among those in attendance were Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch, Israel Security Agency (ISA or Shabak) Director Yoram Cohen, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, State Attorney Shai Nitzan, Jerusalem District Police Commander Moshe Edri and Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories Maj.-Gen. Yoav Mordechai. 

Following discussions, Netanyahu ordered the demolition of the homes of the terrorists and directed that enforcement against those who incite toward terrorist attacks be significantly increased.

In addition, Interior Minister Gilad Erdan announced he would be revoking the residency permit of the wife of one of the two terrorists involved in this morning's attack. The woman is a Palestinian from the Judea-Samaria region but until now had been granted a residency permit after marrying her husband, who was a resident of Jerusalem.

Deputy Minister Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan (Jewish Home) had called for the families of the terrorists to be expelled earlier Tuesday.

The announcement came after revelations that family members of the attackers - Uday and Ghassan Jamal, who were cousins - held celebrations and handed out candy after hearing of the bloody attack in which four people were murdered and eight injured. Worshipers were hacked and shot to death in a rampage involving knives, meat cleavers and a pistol, before the two terrorists were finally shot dead in a gunfight with police.

Earlier Tuesday police arrested 12 residents of the Jabel Mukhaber neighborhood where the terrorists lived, including several family members. It is not known whether the wife of the terrorist whose residency is due to be revoked is among those arrested.




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