Unlike the practice in recent demolitions, in which just one story of a house in which a terrorist murderer lived is destroyed, the IDF informed the family of the murderer of felled IDF soldier Ronen Lubarsky, Hy”d, that all four stories of their house would be demolished. The new demolition order expands on a previous one, that marked two of the building’s floors for demolition.
The reason for the expanded order was because the house was illegally constructed. The site of the home of the terrorist was the location of another house that had previously been demolished by the IDF. That house was razed in 1990, as punishment for the terror activity of one of the brothers of Lubarsky’s killer. The IDF forbade the family from rebuilding the house, but that order was ignored.
Lubarsky was killed last May after he was severely injured in an IDF action in Ramallah. He was hit in the head by a block of marble dropped on him by Arab terrorists as soldiers were attempting to make arrests of terrorists in the refugee camp outside Ramallah.
His killer was Islam Yussuf abu-Hamid, a resident of the El-Amari refugee camp near Ramallah. Abu-Hamid admitted under interrogation that it was he who threw a block of marble on the head of Lubarsky as he and other soldiers of the Duvdevan unit were carrying out arrests in the camp.
It also emerged that his brothers and several older members of his family are members of Hamas, and that he has aided them in various acts of terror, including the 1994 murder of Shin Bet agent Noam Cohen, Hy”d.
Lubarsky, 20, was a soldier in the elite Duvdevan unit, which regularly enters Palestinian Authority-controlled areas to arrest terrorists; in 2017, the unit arrested over 300 terrorists. He was a resident of Rehovot, and “an honor student, one of the city’s finest youths, modest and with wonderful values,” said Rachamim Malul, mayor of Rehovot. “We feel the pain and embrace the family at their time of pain.”