Security forces on Wednesday blew up part of the home of the alleged killer of an off-duty Israeli police officer, a day after the High Court approved the move.

Ziad Awad, a convicted Hamas terrorist released in the 2011 Shalit deal, was arrested May 7, along with his son Izz Eddin Hassan Ziad Awad, for the April 14 shooting of Baruch Mizrahi near Hebron.

After Awad’s arrest, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered that his home near Hebron be demolished to deter Palestinians from engaging in terrorist activity. The state announced last week that the house would be razed.

However, the Center for the Defense of the Individual (Hamoked) appealed the state’s decision at the High Court, saying it was illegal according to international law.

The court convened Monday to discuss the appeal and debate the merits of the state’s case. While the appellants’ attorney urged the state to refrain from sanctioning a move that would punish Awad’s innocent relatives currently residing in the house, Baruch Mizrahi’s widow, Hadas, addressed the court, stressing the importance of deterrence to preventing future attacks on innocents.

On Tuesday, the court backed the state, as the justices dismissed claims by petitioners that the demolition would harm innocent family members, writing that the family was far from guiltless, Awad’s son and wife having known and actively collaborated with Awad’s plan.

Ziad Awad (L) and his son Izz Eddin (R) at Ofer Military court on June 23, 2014. The two were arrested on May 7 for the April 14 shooting of Baruch Mizrahi (Photo credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Ziad Awad (L) and his son Izz Eddin (R) at Ofer Military court on June 23, 2014. The two were arrested on May 7 for the April 14 shooting of Baruch Mizrahi (Photo credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

The two are accountable, “even if he [the son] wasn’t the one who shot the gun and wasn’t present during the attack,” the decision said. His wife, “as it emerged from the son’s statements, knew about the hidden weapon and Awad’s threats.”

The Awad family was granted 12 hours from the announcement to evacuate their residence in the Palestinian village of Idhna, near Hebron. The top part of the structure, the apartment where the terrorist resided, was slated for destruction, but the rest of the building will remain untouched.

In response to the court’s decision, Hadas Mizrahi, the widow of the victim, said Tuesday that the demolition was “the minimum” Israel could do.

“They didn’t have mercy on us, so why should we have mercy on them?” she told Channel 2.

Undated habdout file picture released by the Israel Police of Baruch Mizrahi, 47, an inteligence service police high ranking officer, killed on April 14, 2014 near the West Bank city of Hebron (photo credit: AFP/HO/Israel Police)

Undated habdout file picture released by the Israel Police of Baruch Mizrahi, 47, an inteligence service police high ranking officer, killed on April 14, 2014 near the West Bank city of Hebron (photo credit: AFP/HO/Israel Police)

Mizrahi also reiterated her appeal to the Israeli government to prevent all future prisoners releases, and called for the state to introduce the death penalty.

In the court decision, the justices dismissed claims by petitioners that the demolition would harm innocent family members, writing that the family was far from guiltless, Awad’s son and wife having known and actively collaborated with Awad’s plan.

The two are accountable, “even if he [the son] wasn’t the one who shot the gun and wasn’t present during the attack,” the decision said. His wife, “as it emerged from the son’s statements, knew about the hidden weapon and Awad’s threats.”

Marissa Newman and Yifa Yaakov contributed to this report.