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IDF informs family of Bnei Brak terrorist of intention to demolish their home

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

Israeli soldiers patrol a village near the northern West Bank city of Jenin on March 30, 2022, following a deadly terror attack in Bnei Brak. (AFP)
Israeli soldiers patrol a village near the northern West Bank city of Jenin on March 30, 2022, following a deadly terror attack in Bnei Brak. (AFP)

The Israel Defense Forces has informed the family of Diaa Hamarsheh, the Palestinian who killed five people in a terror attack in Bnei Brak last month, that the military intends to demolish their home.

One day after the March 29 attack, the army mapped out Hamarsheh’s home in the West Bank town of Ya’bad near Jenin ahead of the planned demolition.

Israel demolishes the homes of Palestinians accused of carrying out deadly terror attacks as a matter of policy. The efficacy of the policy is controversial even within the Israeli security services, and human rights activists denounce it as unfair collective punishment.

His family can appeal the demolition order, but such attempts rarely succeed.

Hamarsheh killed four civilians in the central ultra-Orthodox city before he died in a shootout with a police officer, who was his fifth victim.

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