Israel issues demolition order for East Jerusalem home of Neve Yaakov terrorist

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

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits the scene of a deadly terror shooting in Jerusalem's Neve Yaakov neighborhood, January 27, 2023. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits the scene of a deadly terror shooting in Jerusalem's Neve Yaakov neighborhood, January 27, 2023. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP)

The Israeli military informs the family of Alqam Khayri, a 21-year-old Palestinian terrorist who murdered seven people in Jerusalem last month, that their home is slated for demolition.

On January 27, Khayri went on a shooting spree in the neighborhood of Neve Yaakov, killing Asher Natan, 14, Eli, 48, and Natali Mizrahi, 45, Ilya Sosansky, 26, Rafael Ben Eliyahu, 56, Irina Korolova, 59 and Shaul Hai, 68.

Khayri was shot dead by police officers as he fled the scene.

In the days after the attack, Israeli police sealed Khayri’s home in the A-Tur neighborhood of the capital.

His family is now formally notified of the military’s intention to raze their home, the Israel Defense Forces says.

As a matter of policy, Israel regularly demolishes the homes of Palestinians accused of carrying out deadly terror attacks. Khayri’s family can still appeal the decision to raze the home to Israel’s High Court of Justice. But such attempts rarely succeed, though in some cases the court can limit the demolition order to only the parts of the house used by the terrorist.

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