Family of Barkan Terrorist Rebuilds Home Three Months After Israel Razed It

The family of Ashraf Walid Saliman Na’alwa, who shot and killed two Israelis last year, collected funds from the public and the Tul Karm municipality

The IDF demolishing the family's home in December
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The family of the terrorist who killed two people at the Barkan industrial park in October finished rebuilding the frame of their house this weekend, just three months after the army razed it.

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The family was able to rebuild thanks to donations from the public gathered in a fund-raising drive. The municipality of Tul Karm, the West Bank city where the family lives, also joined the campaign and contributed 10,000 Jordanian dinars ($14,000) of its own. The Palestinian Authority’s ruling Fatah party posted about the rebuilding, complete with pictures of the new home, on its Facebook page.

The foundations of the Tul Karm home in Fatah's Facebook post

Ashraf Walid Saliman Na’alwa murdered Ziv Hajbi of Rishon Letzion and Kim Yehezkel-Levengrond of Rosh Ha’ayin in a shooting at the Alon recycling plant in Barkan, a West Bank industrial zone near the Ariel settlement. He fled the scene after the attack, but the army found him in December after a two-month manhunt and shot him to death.

The Israeli military demolished his home in response. Israel's policy is to demolish the family homes of terrorists as a deterrence mechanism. In most cases, Palestinian families apply to the High Court, which often delays the demolition. Since 2015, Israel has demolished the homes of 45 Palestinians who committed attacks against Israelis.

The family said it will live in the new house for now, but should it build another home in the future, the current one will become a memorial commemorating slain Palestinians.