Palestinians raise NIS 250,000 to rebuild terrorist’s home

Muhannad Halabi, 19, murdered two Israelis in Jerusalem in October and wounded a 2-year-old; his house was destroyed by IDF on Friday

Sue Surkes is The Times of Israel's environment reporter

Muhannad Halabi, 19, the terrorist who killed two Israelis on October 3, 2015 in a stabbing attack in Jerusalem's Old City. (Israel Police)
Muhannad Halabi, 19, the terrorist who killed two Israelis on October 3, 2015 in a stabbing attack in Jerusalem's Old City. (Israel Police)

Palestinians have raised some NIS 250,000 ($63,500) to rebuild the family home of Muhannad Halabi, the terrorist who stabbed Rabbi Nehemia Lavi and Aharon Banita to death in Jerusalem’s Old City in October and injured Banita’s wife and their two-year-old son.

Halabi, 19, a law student at East Jerusalem’s al-Quds University, and one of the first Palestinian stabbers in the current wave of violence, was shot dead by police on site. His house in the West Bank village of Surda, near Ramallah, was bulldozed by Israeli forces four days ago, Israel Radio reported Tuesday.

Earlier this week, the Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions reportedly announced that they would deduct one per cent from the salaries of each employee and donate the money to the Halabi rebuilding effort.

Similar fundraising drives have been held over recent months to help other families of terrorists to rebuild homes destroyed by Israel.

Halabi, 19, wrote on Facebook a day before his attack: “According to what I see, the Third Intifada has erupted. What is happening to al-Aqsa [mosque] is what is happening to our holy sites, and what is happening to the women of al-Aqsa is what is happening to our mothers and women. I don’t believe that our people will succumb to humiliation. The people will indeed rise up.”

Shortly after Halabi’s stabbing attack, a Palestinian family in Gaza named its newborn baby after the terrorist. News of the baby-naming was reported by the official Palestinian Authority news agency Wafa, and by the official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, with both describing the terrorist as a “hero of our people” who was “murdered by the occupation army,” the watchdog Palestinian Media Watch revealed.

In late October, the municipality of Surda-Abu Qash announced that it would name a street for Halabi, PMW said, citing an article by Donia Al-Watan, a Palestinian news agency.

In October, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu charged Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked with setting up a mechanism that would expedite the demolition of homes of Palestinian terrorists.

The measure was one of several approved by the security cabinet to crack down on the recent wave of Palestinian terror.

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