The Israeli army on Tuesday notified the family of a Palestinian terrorist who killed an American-Israeli man in the West Bank that their apartment will be demolished, the Israeli Defense Forces said in a statement.
On September 16, Khalil Jabarin, 17, stabbed Ari Fuld, father of four, multiple times in the back and neck as he was standing outside a supermarket near the Gush Etzion Junction in the central West Bank. After he was stabbed, Fuld pursued and shot his assailant as the man attempted to attack a shop employee, possibly saving her life. He then collapsed and was rushed to a hospital, but succumbed to his wounds.
Jabarin’s family home is in Yatta, near Hebron. Security forces mapped out Jabarin’s apartment for demolition the day after the stabbing attack. It is located on the third floor of a three-story building.
The family have until December 2 to file an objection to the demolition, the IDF noted.
The day after the stabbing the IDF revealed that Jabarin’s mother had gone to the Meitar checkpoint in the southern West Bank and told soldiers, at approximately the same time the stabbing took place, that her son planned to commit an attack.
Jabarin, who was shot by Fuld and another armed civilian at the scene, was taken to Hadassah Hospital Mount Scopus in moderate condition with multiple gunshot wounds, hospital officials said at the time. In October, prosecutors at a West Bank military court charged Jabarin with intentionally causing death — the military court’s equivalent of murder — along with a number of lesser charges.
Fuld was posthumously awarded the Medal of Distinction — the third highest award that can be granted by the Israel Police. He was a well-known Israel advocate and right-wing activist. His killing pierced the community of pro-Israel advocacy, and activists recalled him as a dogged supporter of the Jewish state.
Israel generally razes the homes of Palestinian terrorists who commit attacks in which people are killed or seriously injured. Though controversial, Jerusalem defends the measure as an important deterrent to stop terror attack.
In other overnight operations Monday, security forces arrested 18 suspects in the West Bank who were wanted for involvement in terror activities, popular terror attacks, and rioting against Israeli civilians and security forces, the IDF said.
During searches in the West Bank village of al-Eizariya, soldiers found a Kalashnikov rifle and other weapons. Sweeps in the city of Jenin revealed tens of thousands of shekels in cash which the IDF said were intended for the funding of terror activities.