In the days following one of the deadliest terror attacks in the history of the West Bank settlements, in which a terrorist murdered three members of the Salomon family in Halamish, the IDF demolished only a part of the terrorist’s home. Now that the terrorist’s family has been convicted of aiding and abetting, the Salomon’s are fighting to have the rest of the house destroyed.
IDF demolishes part of Halamish terrorist’s home Photo credit: IDF Spokesperson/ Channel 2 News
This past August, the IDF demolished part of the house belonging to terrorist Abd al-Jalil, who murdered three members of the Salomon family in Halamish. Today (Wednesday), following the conviction of several members of the terrorist’s family, the Salomon family submitted a petition to Israel’s High Court of Justice requesting that the IDF demolish the entire house.
The IDF had been directed to destroy only part of the terrorist’s house after a left-wing organization argued that demolishing the entire house would cause unwarranted harm to the rest of the terrorist’s family. Two weeks after the court accepted the appeal, however, the terrorist’s family members were convicted of aiding and abetting.
Following the conviction, the Salomon family contacted Central Command Chief Roni Numa, and the West Bank Legal Advisor and demanded that the entire structure be destroyed. Their petition finally reached the High Court of Justice, where they urged the court to overturn their original decision in light of the recent convictions.
The petition was filed by attorney Haim Bleicher from the Honenu organization. He explained that the fact that the terrorist’s family members were convicted of various levels of aiding and abetting justifies taking deterrent action against the entire family. This should include, he argued, not only demolishing their house but also confiscating the land.