Police officers seal off East Jerusalem home of suspect in Friday’s fatal terror shooting ahead of demolition

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

Police officers operate to seal the home of a Palestinian terrorist in East Jerusalen's Shuafat, February 18, 2024. (Israel Police)
Police officers operate to seal the home of a Palestinian terrorist in East Jerusalen's Shuafat, February 18, 2024. (Israel Police)

Police officers sealed the East Jerusalem home of a Palestinian terrorist who allegedly carried out a shooting attack in southern Israel on Friday afternoon, killing two Israelis.

The move comes ahead of plans to demolish the home of Fadi Jamjoum, in East Jerusalem’s Shuafat.

In the Friday attack at Re’em junction, Jamjoum opened fire at people at a bus station, killing Yishai Gartner, 23, and IDF reservist Sgt. First Class (res.) Ori Yaish, 27, before being shot dead by another off-duty reservist.

Police say the commander of the Jerusalem District, Doron Turgeman, ordered the demolition of Jamjoum’s home.

Sealing the homes of attackers is often a replacement or stopgap for demolishing them. In general, the demolition process takes several months, as the home needs to be mapped out, the High Court must address appeals by the family, and security forces often wait for an optimal time to enter Palestinian cities or neighborhoods for the operation.

Jamjoum’s home was cleared of his family by officers before it was sealed after they had received a warrant to do so, police say.

Police say clashes erupted amid the operation, with Palestinians hurling stones and Molotov cocktails at the officers, who responded with riot dispersal means.

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