AG rules no demolition if terrorist’s family turns them in

Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit has not been on the post long, but already has determined that the policy of demolishing the homes of murderous Arab terrorists should be done away with in cases where the families of the terrorist hand them over.

Mandelblit's decision comes with the goal of passing a message that the demolition is not a punishment but rather a deterrent step, as determined by the courts on numerous occasions, reports Channel 2 on Tuesday night.

According to the report, due to Mandelblit's decision the planned wave of demolitions of terrorists' homes on Monday night did not include the home of the terrorist who murdered Rabbi Ya'akov Litman and his son Netanel in a shooting attack in southern Har Hevron last November.

It was decided that the terrorist's home would not be demolished, since his father passed along the information that led to his arrest instead of helping his son escape.

In the demolitions on Monday night the homes of two Arab terrorists who carried out lethal attacks against Israelis on November 19 were demolished. The homes demolished included that of the terrorist who carried out the stabbing attack at the Panorama Building in Tel Aviv, and the home of the terrorist who carried out a shooting attack at the Gush Etzion junction.

Rabbi Ya'akov Don, Ezra Schwartz, and Shadi Arfa were murdered and seven others were injured in the Gush Etzion junction attack, while Yisayev Aharon and Reuven Aviram were murdered in the stabbing attack in Tel Aviv.

The demolitions were made possible after the High Court last week refused the appeal of family members of the two terrorists.

Source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/208454

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