Israeli forces raided the East Jerusalem homes of a number of Palestinians who had carried out terrorist attacks. The raids by Israeli police and Shin Bet security were carried out overnight between Monday and Tuesday, were aimed at confiscating money and property that law enforcement officials said came from the Hamas Islamist movement.
The operation yielded about 100,000 shekels (about $28,000) in cash in addition to jewelry and a motor vehicle. A similar raid was carried out about six months ago in which 200,000 shekels was seized.
All of the families are relatives of attackers who were killed during or following their attacks. They include the family of Tareq Abu Arfeh, who was a member of a cell involved in the 1994 kidnap and murder of soldier Nachshon Wachsman, and the family of Ayman Adin, who was killed in a violent demonstration the same year.
The raids were also directed at families of assailants involving in carrying out attacks in the wave of violence against Israelis at the end of 2015 – Mohammed Nimr, who stabbed two security guards near Jerusalem's Damascus Gate in October 2015, and Ahmed Fathi Abu Sha'ban, who stabbed and wounded a women near the Jerusalem central bus station that same month.
The police also raided the home of the family of Hassan Mahani, who together with a young cousin, committed a stabbing attack in Jerusalem's Pisgat Ze'ev neighborhood that month.
The home of the family of Omar Skafi, who carried out a combined attack involving the use of a motor vehicle and a stabbing, wounding three people on Yeremiyahu Street in Jerusalem in December 2015, and of Musab Ghazali, who carried out a stabbing attack at Tzahal Square in the city that month.
"The involvement of Jerusalem residents in one or another kind of activity financed by Hamas is a serious offense and represents an attempt by Hamas to get a foothold inside Jerusalem."
In another development in the city, the Jerusalem Municipality demolished three buildings on Tuesday morning in East Jerusalem. In Issawiyeh, a building with an apartment and two stores was torn down and in Silwan, two residential buildings were demolished in the Al-Bustan section, a large portion of which is slated for demolition to create the Gan Hamelech park. Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat announced plans for the park in the mainly Palestinian East Jerusalem neighborhood in 2010, but the project has stalled due to diplomatic pressure from the United States.