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IDF to demolish home of terrorist behind deadly twin bombings in Jerusalem

The terrorist’s family has been notified, and now has the option of petitioning the High Court of Justice against the move, according to the Israeli military.

Security personnel at the scene of a terror attack near the entrance to Jerusalem, Nov. 23, 2022. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90.
Security personnel at the scene of a terror attack near the entrance to Jerusalem, Nov. 23, 2022. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90.

The Israel Defense Forces announced on Sunday plans to demolish the home of terrorists responsible for the deadly twin bombings in November.

Two Israeli civilians—Tedsha Tashuma, a 50-year-old father of six from Pisgat Ze’ev, and Aryeh Shechopek, 16, a Canadian-Israeli from the Har Nof neighborhood of Jerusalem—were killed in the Nov. 23 bus-stop bombings, and more than 20 people were wounded.

Eslam Froukh, 26, a Palestinian resident of Kafr Aqab, was arrested in connection with the attacks on Nov. 29 following an “extensive” investigation.

While Froukh identifies with the Islamic State terrorist group and acted according to a Salafist-jihadist ideology, he planned the attacks on his own, over an extended period, according to Israeli authorities.

He constructed the explosive devices in a pit in the Binyamin region of Judea and Samaria, using instructions found online, according to police. Raw materials for additional devices were found in the pit, along with an improvised submachine gun. A ready-to-activate bomb was also found in Froukh’s possession at the time of his arrest.

Froukh’s family has been notified of the pending demolition and can choose to file a petition with the High Court of Justice objecting to the move, said the IDF on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Israeli forces early on Thursday demolished the Hebron home of a Palestinian terrorist who killed Ronen Hanania and wounded three others near Kiryat Arba in October 2022.

Israeli troops and Border Police officers carried out the demolition of the home of Hamas member Muhammad al-Jabari, who was shot dead by security forces during the attack.

Israel is currently experiencing a wave of deadly Palestinian terrorism, including a Feb. 10 attack in Jerusalem’s Ramot neighborhood that claimed the lives of Yaakov Israel Paley, 6, his brother, Asher Menachem Paley, 8, and 20-year-old Alter Shlomo Lederman.

Three days later, Israeli soldier St.-Sgt. Asil Sawaed, 22, died from wounds sustained in a terrorist attack at a checkpoint to Shuafat in eastern Jerusalem.

And in late January, seven people were killed and several others were wounded in a terrorist shooting attack at a synagogue in Jerusalem’s Neve Yaakov neighborhood.

In response, Israel’s Security Cabinet has approved a series of counter-terrorism measures, including reinforcing Israel Police and Border Police units in Jerusalem and expanding operations against incitement and supporters of terrorism.

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