Court rules to demolish home of Old City stabber

Home of Mohanned Halabi, who murdered Nehemia Lavi & Aharon Bennett in Jerusalem stabbing, to be demolished in 10 days.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Nehemia Lavi and Aharon Bennett
Nehemia Lavi and Aharon Bennett
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The High Court rejected on Monday an appeal filed by the family of Mohannad Halabi against the demolition of the terrorist stabber's home.

Halabi murdered Rabbi Nehemia Lavi, 41, and Aharon Bennett, 21, during a stabbing this past Sukkot holiday in Jerusalem's Old City. Bennett's wife and infant son were also injured in the brutal attack. 

Judges Elikin Rubinstein, Zvi Zilbertal, and Dafna Barak ruled that the demolition order would not be revoked and the Israeli army could begin demolition of the house in ten days. 

Last month, an indictment was filed with the Jerusalem District Court against terrorist accomplice Abed al-Aziz Meri for his connection to the stabbing on Haggai Street

According to the indictment, Meri has been a member of the Hamas terrorist organization for several years as part of its official education arm Al-Kutla al-Islamiya. 

In early October, 19-year-old Halabi turned to the defendant and asked for his help in illegally entering Israel to pray at the Al-Aqsa mosque atop the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. 

The defendant agreed and the pair crossed over the fence from Palestinian Authority-controlled town Abu Dis into Jerusalem. 

After refusing to present their identity cards - which would have identified them as residents of the PA - the two were denied access to the Temple Mount from multiple entrances. 

Halabi reportedly then became furious, at which point Meri persuaded Halabi to carry out an attack against Jews, telling him it would be payback for being refused entry for prayers at Al-Aqsa. 

Meri purchased a 50 shekel knife for Halabi at a store near the Damascus Gate with the agreement it be used in a "stabbing attack against Jews." After Halabi turned over his ID card and cell phone to Meri, the two parted ways and Halabi attacked the Bennett family.

Lavi, a father of nine, ran down from his Old City home with a weapon when he heard the screams. He struggled with the terrorist and was ultimately fatally wounded. 



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