Home of Old City Murderer Demolished

The family house of Palestinian Mohanad Al-Halabi is seen after it was demolished by Israeli troops in the village of Surda, near the West Bank city of Ramallah January 9, 2016. Israeli security forces said Halabi had carried out attack against Israelis in Jerusalem last October. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman
The family house of Palestinian Muhannad Halabi is seen after it was demolished by Israeli troops in the village of Surda, Jan. 9. (Reuters/Mohamad Torokman)

IDF and Border Police forces demolished the home of the terrorist Muhannad Halabi, who conducted a terror attack at the Lion’s Gate of the Old City of Yerushalayim, on the night of Hoshana Rabbah, murdering Rabbi Nechemiah Lavi and Aharon Banita, Hy”d. It was one of the first attacks that set off the current, ongoing, terror wave.

Halabi, 19, was a member of the Islamic Jihad.

Halabi was from Surda village in the Ramallah region. He was shot dead at the scene of the stabbing by Border Police officers.

The mission was conducted under the command of the Binyamin Division, and was secured by the Shaked and Netzach Yehuda Battalions, together with Border Police.

Israel recently revived the punitive measure in an attempt to deter future terrorists by establishing that their families and homes could be harmed even after their own deaths.

Also Shabbos, two Palestinians that tried to stab IDF soldiers at the Bekaot checkpoint in northern Shomron, near Shechem, were shot dead by troops at the scene, the IDF said.

The two terrorists arrived at the checkpoint by car from the Palestinian side, got out of their vehicle and tried to stab the two soldiers going past them. The soldiers identified the Palestinians’ intention to attack them, kept their distance and shot them, killing them. B’chasdei Shamayim, no soldiers were wounded in the incident.

The terrorists were later identified as Mohammed Abu Marim, 23, from Jenin; and Said Abu al-Wafa, 38, from Zawiyah near Salfit.