IDF issues demolition order for home of suspected killer of Esther Horgen

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

Central Command chief Maj. Gen. Tamir Yadai issues an order for the destruction of the two floors in which the Palestinian man suspected of murdering Esther Horgen last month lives, the Israel Defense Forces says.

Esther Horgen, 52, who was found dead in the northern West Bank in a suspected terror attack on December 20, 2020. (Courtesy)

Yadai’s order comes after the High Court of Justice rejected a request from Muhammad Mruh Kabha’s family to prevent the demolition.

Horgen was murdered on December 20 outside her settlement of Tal Menashe in the northern West Bank. Kabha was arrested a few days later. He has yet to be convicted, though this is not a necessary condition for home demolitions for the IDF.

The demolition is likely to take place in the coming days.

Muhammad Mruh Kabha, 40, from the Palestinian village of Tura al-Gharbiya, is suspected of murdering Esther Horgen of the Tal Menashe settlement on December 20, 2020. (Shin Bet)