IDF demolishes apartment of terrorist who killed US-Israeli Ari Fuld
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IDF demolishes apartment of terrorist who killed US-Israeli Ari Fuld

Punitive measure against family of Khalil Jabarin was tied up in appeals until it received Supreme Court approval on Thursday

Palestinians checks the house of man accused of the fatal September stabbing of an Israeli-American, after it was partially demolished by Israeli forces on January 18, 2019, in the village of Yatta in the West Bank (HAZEM BADER / AFP)
Palestinians checks the house of man accused of the fatal September stabbing of an Israeli-American, after it was partially demolished by Israeli forces on January 18, 2019, in the village of Yatta in the West Bank (HAZEM BADER / AFP)

Israeli security forces early Friday morning demolished an apartment in the family home of a Palestinian teen who stabbed an Israeli man to death in a terror attack in Gush Etzion, south of Jerusalem, witnesses at the scene and the Israel Defense Forces said.

Residents of the town of Yata, near the flashpoint city of Hebron, said that troops arrived at the home of Khalil Jabareen and were met by stone-throwing Palestinians.

The IDF said in a statement that troops were attacked by “several dozen” protesters and responded with riot-dispersal munitions. There were no reports of casualties on either side.

On Thursday, the Supreme Court threw out an appeal by the family of Jabarin, 17, against the demolition of his top-floor apartment in their home, which was ordered as a punishment over his fatal West Bank terror attack.

Israeli soldiers walk past the house of a Palestinian man accused of the fatal September stabbing of an Israeli-American, after it was partially demolished on January 18, 2019 in the village of Yatta in the West Bank south of Hebron (HAZEM BADER / AFP)

Supreme Court President Esther Hayut ruled against any further delay in carrying out the punitive measure, ordered in response to the killing of Fuld, the Kan public broadcaster reported.

The IDF had twice notified the family of the terrorist that it planned to destroy the apartment in which he lived, but implementation was delayed after the family filed appeals.

The military order allowed army engineers to fill the top floor of the family’s three-story building with concrete and barbed wire in order to seal it off.

Video released by the IDF Friday morning showed soldiers approaching the house under the cover of night and demolishing the apartment.

Security forces initially mapped out the apartment for demolition the day after the September 16, 2018, stabbing attack.

On November 27, the family was given a week to appeal the decision with the military, which it did. That appeal was rejected in December. The same month the IDF issued another notification and the family then appealed that too.

Jabarin stabbed Fuld, a 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.

Ari Fuld (Facebook)

After he was stabbed, Fuld pursued and shot his assailant as he attempted to attack a shop employee, possibly saving her life. He then collapsed and was rushed to a hospital, but succumbed to his wounds.

Israel generally razes the homes of Palestinian terrorists who commit attacks in which people are killed or seriously injured. The government defends the measure as an effective means of discouraging future attacks, though it has been criticized by human rights groups as a form of collective punishment and by some analysts as an ineffective deterrent measure.

In Jabarin’s case, it appeared as though his family had attempted to prevent him from carrying out the attack. The IDF said Jabarin’s mother had gone to the Meitar checkpoint in the southern West Bank and warned soldiers, at approximately the same time the stabbing took place, that her son planned to commit an attack.

Khalil Jabarin, who fatally stabbed Israeli Ari Fuld in a West Bank terror attack on September 16, 2018 (Screenshot/Twitter)

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 him with intentionally causing death — the military court’s equivalent of murder — along with a number of lesser charges.

Fuld, a well-known Israel advocate and right-wing activist, was posthumously awarded the Medal of Distinction — the third-highest award that can be granted by the Israel Police.

AFP contributed to this report.

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