Terrorist’s Family Receives Spacious New Abode After Home Demolition

A man inspects the demolished home of an Arab terrorist in Jabel Mukabar. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90
A man inspects the demolished home of an Arab terrorist in Jabel Mukabar. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

The family of Mohand Halabi, the 19-year-old murderer of Aharon Banita-Bennett and Rabbi Nechemia Lavie, Hy”d, in the Old City of Yerushalayim in October 2015 are moving into a new home, after the one they had lived in was demolished. The family is moving into a new house – bigger than the one they had lived in before – after the IDF demolished the old one on January 9.

As part of the demolition order, the family was forbidden to rebuild the house on the same site in the town of El-Bireh. Instead, the family took advantage of a Palestinian fund that rebuilds the homes of terrorists whose homes are demolished by the IDF. Their new home, a two story private home boasting 360 square meters, is built on a 600 square meter lot in a neighborhood north of Ramallah.

The house cost NIS 661,000. The funds were raised via “charity boxes” placed in Palestinian cities, which collect money to support the families of “martyrs,” terrorists killed in the course of attacks on Israelis.

Rabbi Lavie was murdered on October 3, 2015, when a knife-wielding Arab attacked Aharon Bennett​, his wife, their 2-year-old son, and infant who were on their way from davening at the Kosel. Rabbi Lavie, an Old City resident and IDF reserve officer, went down with his gun to try to save those wounded in the attack, but the terrorist stabbed him and seized his weapon. Lavie and Bennett, who were stabbed in the upper body and were unconscious when paramedics arrived at the scene, both died in hospital shortly afterwards.