IDF destroys Jerusalem terrorist's home

Hours after massive police deployment in Shuafat, forces demolish home of terrorist who murdered two people in November 2014.

Ari Soffer, | updated: 12:00

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In the past few minutes IDF soldiers backed by Border Police demolishing the home of the terrorist who murdered a yeshiva student and Border Police officer in a car-ramming attack last November.

17-year-old Shalom Ba'adani - son of prominent Sephardic Rabbi and Shas party official Rabbi Shimon Ba'adani - was fatally wounded in the attack, as was Druze officer Jedan Assad, who left behind a pregnant wife and three-year-old son.

13 others were wounded in the attack at the Shimon Hatzaddik light rail station, close to the Jerusalem Municipal building. The attack was carried out by Shuafat resident Ibrahim al-Akri, who first plowed his car into pedestrians and then emerged swinging a large metal rod when his car eventually crashed. He was shot dead by Border Police.

The demolition took place in Shuafat, Jerusalem, and a police source said the large deployment of police and soldiers was meant to enable engineers to carry out the demolition safely and prevent any local disturbances by Arab rioters.

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"The police will act with determination and a strong hand against anyone who disturbs order or attempts to attack forces, whether a minor or an adult," a police official said, vowing to use "all available tools" against rioters - many of whom tend to be young teenagers.

The Israeli government has moved quickly to destroy the homes of terrorist murderers since the recent escalation in Arab terror attacks began in October, noting their deterrent effect.

However, this particular case comes just one day after a court forced authorities to cancel the demolition of a terrorist who stabbed an IDF soldier to death in Tel Aviv in the same month last year, claiming too much time had elapsed for the move to have a real deterrent effect.

The High Court canceled the demolition order against the home of Nur al-Din Abu Hashiya, the Arab terrorist who stabbed 20-year-old First Sergeant Almog Shiloni to death outside Tel Aviv's Hahagana Train Station in November 2014, prompting an outcry from the victim's family.




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