High Court Rules Against Demolition of Abu Khdeir Killers' Homes

Judges reject petition filed by victim's parents to demolish homes of Jewish murderers but insists demolition policy applies equally to Jews and Arabs

Suha and Hussein Abu Khdeir, center, parents of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, hold posters with his portrait after the reading of the verdict in his killing, at the Jerusalem District Court, Monday, Nov. 30, 2015.

The High Court of Justice on Tuesday rejected a petition that sought the demolition of the homes of the Jewish killers of East Jerusalem teen Mohammed Abu Khdeir in 2014.

In response to a petition filed by the victim's parents, the state told the court in September 2016 that homes of three murderers of Mohammed Abu Khdeir need not be demolished, as is common policy with homes of Palestinian terrorists.

The judges determined that house demolitions would be ineffective in this case due to the time elapsed since the murder and delay in the family's petition. They stressed, however, that contrary to the state's position, the home demolition policy is valid for both Jewish and Arab assailants.

Retired Supreme Court judge Elyakim Rubenstein noted that the main reason for the rejection of Abu Khdeir's parents' petition is "the considerable delay that occurred between the abominable act and the submission of the petition. Although even on the merits of a similar matter, the decision in this case does not exceed the limits of proportionality and is not tainted by unreasonableness."

In July 2014, 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir was abducted from his East Jerusalem neighborhood and burned and beaten alive by three Israeli Jews. In November 2015, the Jerusalem District Court convicted Yosef Haim Ben David of murder and life in prison. Of his two minor accomplices, one was sentenced to life in prison and the other to 21 years.