Israeli Security Forces, Palestinians Clash in East Jerusalem Amid Demolition of Terrorist's Home

Security forces raze home of man who killed two people with his car in November 2014.

Israeli border police in East Jerusalem, December 2, 2015.
Israeli border police in East Jerusalem, December 2, 2015. Police spokesperson

Israeli security forces clashed with Palestinians in East Jerusalem on Wednesday morning after entering the Shoafat refugee camp to demolish a terrorist's home. 

No casualties were reported in the clash, which unfolded as military and police forces razed the home of Ibrahim al-Akri, who rammed his car into a crowd on Shimon Hatzadik Street in Jerusalem in November 2014, killing two.

Judges approved the demolition more than a year ago, but it was postponed due to the complexity of the measure vis-à-vis security. After the family was informed of the court's decision three weeks after the November 5 attack, riots broke out in the refugee camp. 

On Tuesday, the High Court of Justice vetoed the demolition of one terrorist’s house while approving the razing of another’s home.

The house the court ruled against razing belonged to the family of Nur al-Din Hashiya, who stabbed a soldier to death at a Tel Aviv train station in November 2014. The one it approved demolishing belonged to the family of one of the terrorists involved in the murder of Eitam and Naama Henkin in October 2015.

Hashiya’s family argued that since the demolition order against their house was issued only 11 months after the attack, it was clear the demolition served no real purpose.