The IDF, in accordance with the directive of the political echelon, demolished early Monday morning the home in Qalandiya of Mohammed Abu Shahin, the terrorist who murdered Danny Gonen last June.
Abu Shahin shot Gonen dead while he was hiking near the town of Dolev, north of Jerusalem, and wounded his friend.
The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said in a statement that during the demolition, armed terrorists opened fire at the soldiers, who responded with gunfire. Three terrorists were killed in the incident. There were no Israeli casualties.
In addition, the statement said, violent disturbances erupted during the demolition, in which hundreds of Palestinian Arabs threw explosives, firebombs and rocks at the soldiers, who responded with riot control measures.
The demolition of Abu Shahin’s home was made possible after the High Court ruled in favor of the demolitions on Thursday. The court had initially ordered a pause in the policy to allow for a legal review, after leftist NGOs appealed.
On Saturday, two days after the court’s ruling, IDF forces razed the homes of four Arab terrorists who murdered Israelis.
In Shechem (Nablus) in northern Samaria, troops destroyed the homes of three Palestinian terrorists who murdered Israeli parents Naama and Eitam Henkin in front of their children.
Further south in Silwad, northeast of Ramallah in southern Samaria, the army razed the home of the terrorist responsible for murdering 25-year-old Malachi Rosenfeld in June. Rosenfeld was shot dead as he returned from a basketball game with friends close to the entrance of the Jewish village of Shvut Rachel, near Shiloh.