The rumble of a bulldozer and other heavy construction equipment disrupted the quiet of Jerusalem on Tuesday morning, as police began demolition of the apartment of last summer’s first bulldozer terrorist.
The intricate work continued throughout the afternoon, despite an attempted car terrorist attack, and subsequent riots when the terrorist was neutralized by police.
Three people were murdered in the July 2, 2008 attack and more than 40 others were wounded before an off-duty soldier managed to neutralize the 30-year-old attacker, Husam Dwayat. A father of two, the Tzur Baher resident was a construction worker for the Jerusalem municipality.
A large police force was deployed on the scene and throughout the neighborhood to secure the demolition.
Dwayat’s home, on the top floor of a multi-story building, was sealed off last month after the Supreme Court rejected an appeal by the terrorist’s family against the action. The floor on which Dwayat lived with his father’s family was filled with concrete, rendering it inhabitable.
The family was notified well in advance, and had removed their belongings prior to the demolition, according to police. Only the part of the split-level structure in which Dwayat had lived was demolished. The section that connected his apartment to the rest of the building was sealed off with concrete.
The Tzur Baher neighborhood was also home to the terrorist who slaughtered eight young students at Jerusalem’s Mercaz HaRav Yeshiva and associated high school in March 2008.
In a related item, the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court on Monday rejected a claim of damages filed by the family of the suicide bomber who attacked the Sbarro's restaurant in downtown Jerusalem. His family sued the state for damages after the government demolished the terrorist’s home. The bomber, Al-Masri, murdered 15 people, including seven children, and wounded 130 others in the 2001 attack.