Israeli forces overnight demolished the home of the Palestinian terrorist who murdered Hallel and Yagel Yaniv in Huwara in Samaria on Feb. 26, the Israel Defense Forces said on Tuesday.
Hamas member Abdel Fattah Hussein Kharousha shot and killed the brothers while they were stuck in traffic on Route 60, which runs through the Arab village. Kharousha was killed by IDF soldiers on March 7.
Kharousha’s home in the Askar refugee camp on the outskirts of Shechem (Nablus) was mapped for possible demolition in late March. The demolition order was announced on May 11.
During the demolition operation, Israeli forces were attacked with stones, explosives and burning tires. Soldiers responded with crowd dispersal measures.
No casualties were reported.
According to a public opinion poll, 71% of Palestinians support the murder of the Yanivs, with only 21% of those surveyed saying they were against it.
The parents of the Yaniv brothers, Esti and Shalom Yaniv, penned a letter to the IDF soldiers who demolished the home of their murderer.
“You have been chosen to return the honor of our sons, the honor of Israel, our national pride. But our children will not be brought back by demolishing the home. The pain of missing them will not abate. The gaping hole will not become smaller,” they wrote.
“But in demolishing the home we will know that there is a law, and there is a judge. And mostly, the evil ones who rise up against us will know that they will pay a heavy price for their criminal actions, and it will be at their expense. And everyone around will know that anyone who raises a hand to a Jew in the Land of Israel—he will surely know his home will be destroyed, and his end is near.”