Israel Issues Families of Palestinian Terrorists Preliminary Demolition Notices

Assailants had killed two Israeli Border Police officers this year; Israeli army says notices are the first stage, and families can appeal the orders

Israeli policemen secure the scene of the shooting and stabbing attack outside Damascus gate in Jerusalem's old city June 16, 2017.
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On Tuesday night, the IDF issued demolition warning orders to the family homes of two terrorists that killed border policewoman Hadas Malka in Jerusalem last month. In addition the family of the terrorist that killed soldier Elichai Taharlev at the Ofra junction in April was also presented a demolition warning. According to the army, the demolition orders that were presented in the West Bank villages of Abu Mash'al and Silwad mark the first stage of the demolition process, and the families have the right to appeal the orders.

Earlier this week, the police announced that there had recently been developments in the investigation into the attack in which Malka was killed. In addition to the three attackers who were killed at the scene, four additional suspects have been arrested.

Immediately after the attack, a 52-year-old man from the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya was arrested under the suspicion of transporting the terrorists into the city. Last week, an additional Palestinian resident of the West Bank was arrested, who, according to the police, had organized and coordinated transport for a group of Palestinians without Israeli entry permits, among them the terrorists, and transported them into the city.

The two are suspected of causing death by negligence, as they had helped the three terrorists enter Israel without a permit.

In addition, the parents of one of the terrorists in the Jerusalem attack, Adel Ankush, were arrested due to the statements they made to the media following the attack. In an interview with Haaretz, the mother said that she was proud of her son and that she wanted him to kill "twenty, fifty, one hundred of them."

Malka, 23, was killed in a stabbing and shooting attack outside Jerusalem's Old City. Three terrorists, all residents of Deir Abu Mash'al, carried out two parallel attacks beside the Old City's Damascus Gate. In one attack, two attackers opened fire on security forces and attempted to stab them. Both attackers were shot dead. In the second attack, a terrorist fatally stabbed Malka and was then shot dead by other security forces that were present. Another policeman, in his 20s, was also slightly injured in the attack, as well as two East Jerusalem residents who were in the area.

Taharlev, 20, served in Battalion 13 of the Golani Brigade. He joined the army as part of a hesder yeshiva program. The driver who carried out the car-ramming attack, Malik Ahmed Hamed, 21, of Silwad, was indicted in May for Teharlev's murder and for attempting to murder a soldier and two civilians.  He was also indicted for planning two additional attacks that were not carried out. Hamed had previously served time prison imprisoned after being caught climbing the fence of the West Bank settlement of Adam.