Court upholds terrorist home demolition rulings

The homes of the terrorists who killed Yaakov Don, Ezra Schwartz, Shadi Arfa, Yisayev Aharon and Reuven Aviram will be destroyed.

Shlomo Piotrokovsky ,

High Court of Justice (illustrative)
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The High Court of Justice refused the appeal of family members of the terrorists who killed Rabbi Yaakov Don, Ezra Schwartz, and Shadi Arfa and injured another seven in the shooting attack that took place at the Gush Etzion junction on November 19th. An appeal by the family of the terrorist who killed Yisayev Aharon and Reuven Aviram in a stabbing attack that took place in Tel Aviv also in November, was likewise rejected by the court. 

The judges ruled that the interim suspension on destroying the homes until the appeals could be heard will end in one week from Monday in order to give the families time to prepare for the demolition. 

The family had pleaded that the terrorist did not live on the entire floor that the IDF wished to demolish, but rather only part of it.

The ruling of the judges said that "it appears from the depiction of the apartment that it is a single unit which served Harub among others, it is not a double apartment. Therefore, there is no place to allow only a partial demolition as we are dealing with one apartment in which Harub lived."

The family of the second terrorist claimed that the act was not committed due to nationalistic reasons, but rather due to the mental health of the terrorist. Therefore the home of the terrorist should not be destroyed. 

The judges refuted this claim as well and determined "from the evidence presented by the Israel Prison Services, there is no record of an active or effective psychiatric condition. There is enough administrative evidence to establish that his actions, of murdering two people and injuring one were nationalistically driven."