Entire Home of Terrorist Who Killed IDF Soldier to be Demolished

Family and friends attend the funeral of Israeli soldier Ronen Lubarsky, Hy”d, May 27. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90, File)

The entire home of the family of the terrorist Islam Yussuf abu-Hamid, the murderer of IDF soldier Ronen Lubarsky, Hy”d, will be demolished, after the High Court rejected a petition by the family against the demolition. The family had appealed after the IDF informed them in September that the entire building was to be demolished, not just the floor where the terrorist lived, as the IDF has been doing in recent months.

The reason for the expanded order was because the house was illegally constructed. The site of the home of the terrorist is located 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. The family appealed, claiming that a separate legal action was needed to demolish the whole house, but the appeal was rejected.

MK Moti Yogev (Jewish Home) celebrated the decision, saying that it was “a good Chanukah gift. Finally the High Court has seen the light and decided to chase away the darkness of these murderers, and shine the light of morality and demolish the home of this terrorist.”

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 by Arab terrorists as soldiers were attempting to make arrests of terrorists in the refugee camp outside 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 who 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 Rechovot, and “an honor student, one of the city’s finest youths, modest and with wonderful values,” said Rachamim Malul, mayor of Rechovot. “We feel the pain and embrace the family at their time of pain.”