Supreme Court judges again defend terrorist homes

Judges demand state provide a response and grant terrorists' families time to answer - pushing off demolition by another week at least.

Shlomo Pyotrkovsky ,

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Supreme Court judges on Thursday held a hearing on the demolition of the homes of seven Arab terrorist murderers, and at the end of their discussion ordered the state to issue a response to various issues raised, thereby delaying the demolition further.

The judges are requiring the state to explain how urgent it is to demolish the homes of the terrorists who murdered seven Jews, to provide evidence against the murderers of Rabbi Eitam and Naama Henkin who were gunned down in front of their four children on October 1, and also to provide the precise location of the apartments slated for demolition within the residential buildings they are located in.

The state is required to provide its response by 10 a.m. next Monday, and the families of the terrorists will have until 10 a.m. next Thursday to respond - only afterwards will the Supreme Court issue a final ruling on the demolitions.

Until then, the temporary postponing order issued by a Supreme Court judge last Thursday remains in effect, meaning the demolition will remain delayed for at least another week.

Thursday's hearing was highlighted by a particularly embarrassing incident, in which Supreme Court President Miriam Naor rebuked a bereaved mother as she was giving her testimony.

Devora Gonen, the mother of Danny Gonen who was shot to death by Arab terrorists in June while hiking north of Jerusalem, arrived in the court to present her position to the judges in requesting that they demolish the home of her son's murderer. 

"Danny was the supporting pillar of the family," Gonen said painfully, when she was finally given the opportunity to speak.

"The murdered have become invisible. You turned the victims into the guilty party. I hear how unfortunate the families of the terrorists are - we aren't...?"

At that point, and to the great surprise of those in attendance, Naor cut into Gonen's words, saying, "even a bereaved mother has limits as to what she can say here. The madam will not use the rights given to her here so as to fling accusations."

There was a stunned silence following the Supreme Court president's words.