IDF forces over the weekend demolished the home of the family of Islam Abu-Hamid, the murderer of IDF soldier Ronen Lubarsky, Hy”d. The army wired and detonated the four-story house, completely demolishing it. During the operation, soldiers fought off dozens of terrorists in the El-Amri refugee camp near Ramallah, where the family lived. No Israeli soldiers were injured in the riots.
Lubarsky, 20, was killed last May after he was severely injured the previous week 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 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.
Unlike the practice in recent demolitions, in which just one story of a house in which a terrorist lived is destroyed, the IDF demolished the entire house because the house was illegally constructed. The home of the terrorist was located on the site of another home 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.