Israeli Army Razes Home of Palestinian Who Killed Two in Jerusalem in October

Muhannad Halabi from village of Surda near Ramallah was named as the murderer of Nehemia Lavi, 41, of Jerusalem and Aharon Bennett, 21, of Beitar Illit.

Olivier Fitoussi

The Israeli army said it has demolished the home of a Palestinian identified as the assailant behind a stabbing attack in Jerusalem from October that left two ultra-Orthodox Israelis dead.

Meanwhile, the Israel Defense Forces shot and killed two Palestinian they said attempted to stab them at a cross point in the northern West Bank.

The IDF said early Saturday it had razed the home of Muhannad Halabi of the village of Surda near Ramallah who was named as the murderer of Nehemia Lavi, 41, of Jerusalem and Aharon Bennett, 21, of Beitar Illit.

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The Halabi family reportedly left their home in wake of the attack, moving to in Ramallah in anticipation of the demolition, dpa reported. Clashed were also reported between local from the village and IDF forces during the demolition. According to Palestinian medical reports, at least three people were lightly hurt during the altercation.

Halabi stabbed the two during the evening of October 3 at Jerusalem's Old City, also wounding Bennett's wife and toddler son. Halabi was allegedly urged to undertake the attack by an East Jerusalem man, who was indicted for his role in the attack. Halabi was shot dead at the scene after also attempting to use Lavi's firearm.

Days before the attack Halabi, a law student loosely affiliated with the Islamic Jihad's Al-Quds University student branch, wrote on his Facebook that the "third intifada had begun."

On Sunday October 2, Halabi allegedly asked Abed al-Aziz Meri from Abu Dis to help him enter Jerusalem so he could pray at the Al-Aqsa Mosque. They scaled the West Bank separation barrier and walked to the Old City. They tried entering the Temple Mount compound through two separate gates, but each time were stopped by Border Policemen.

According to legal officials, Meri then incited Halabi to commit murder, attaining a knife for him.