Court Suspends Demolition of Glick Shooter's Home

Supreme Court ruled Wednesday to suspend the home demolition of Yehuda Glick's shooter, while upholding the orders against three others.

Cynthia Blank,

Mu'taz Hijazi
Mu'taz Hijazi
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Israel's Supreme Court ruled Wednesday night to suspend the demolition order for the home of Palestinian terrorist Mu'taz Hijazi

Hijazi, the would-be assassin of Temple Mount rights activist Yehuda Glick, shot Glick multiple times in the chest and abdomen outside the Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem, where he worked in the kitchen. He then fled on a motorcycle. 

Immediately before the shooting Glick had been speaking at the center about the Jewish right to pray on the Temple Mount. 

Hijazi, a member of Islamic Jihad, was killed during a shootout with police outside of his home in the eastern Jerusalem neighborhood of Abu Tor - the day after his attack on Glick. 

The panel of three Supreme Court judges asked the prosecution to explain why Hijazi's home should be demolished in light of the fact that Glick's health has improved and the family had no prior knowledge of Hijazi's intention to perpetrate the attack. 

They ultimately ruled to halt the Home Front Command's decree to demolish Hijazi's home. 

However, the panel of judges did rule to uphold the demolition order on the houses of Uday and Ghassan Abu Jamal - the two terrorists who mercilessly killed five Israelis in a Jerusalem synagogue in November. 

The pair, cousins, who lived in the eastern Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber, killed four rabbis and an Israeli police officer in a terror rampage on the Bnei Torah synagogue in the Har Nof neighborhood of Jerusalem. 

Jerusalem residency of Nadia Abu Jamal, Ghassan's wife, and their children was quickly revoked, requiring them to vacate Israeli territory and stripping them of any financial benefits from the state. 

The court also upheld the demolition order on the home of Mohamad Jabis, also from Jabel Mukaber, who overturned a bus and killed a pedestrian with a bulldozer from the construction site where he worked on August 4. 

The first home demolition order to be carried out, since a moratorium in 2005 and following a recent spate of terror attacks on Israeli civilians, was on November 18. 

Police demolished part of the house belonging to Abdulrahman Shaloudi - the terrorist who rammed his car into a group of pedestrians in Jerusalem's Ammunition Hill, killing two people including a three-month-old baby.




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