The IDF demolished on Wednesday the home of the Hamas terrorist charged with the shooting murder of police officer Baruch Mizrahi, Hy”d.
Lieutenant-Colonel Peter Lerner, an army spokesman, said “The implementation of the demolition order serves to deter and conveys a severe warning to terrorists and their accomplices that their actions will bear severe consequences,” he said.
On Monday, Israel’s High Court rejected an appeal by an Israeli rights group to block the demolition of Ziad Awad’s house in the village of Idhna, near Chevron. But the court accepted the argument of state attorneys that such deterrent measures are necessary in the deteriorating security situation.
Mizrahi’s widow made an impassioned appeal in court to carry out the demolition, which she characterized as the merest token of justice.
Awad — released in the 2011 Gilad Shalit deal — has been charged by a military court for killing Mizrahi and wounding his two children when he opened fire with an automatic weapon on their car, en route to a family Seder.