IDF Sealing Off East Jerusalem Home of Yeshiva Terrorist

Court had ruled against demolishing home of Mercaz Harav gunman, as foreigners reside in house.

Israeli security forces on Monday began to seal of the East Jerusalem house of the Palestinian terrorist who opened fire on a Jerusalem yeshiva last March, killing eight students.

The High Court of justice two weeks approved the move to block the Jabel Mukaber home of Ala Abu Dhaim, 25, a driver in a Jerusalem transport company who infiltrated the Mercaz Harav Yeshiva.

The court accepted the army's request to seal off the house, in light of the fact that the last three terrorist attacks on the capital were carried out by residents of East Jerusaelm.

While Dhaim's neighbors said he had never been confronted by Israeli security forces, his family was apparently known to have ties to Hamas.

The court last September issued a temporary injunction prohibiting the Israel Defense Forces from demolishing the home, as the second floor was rented out to foreigners. The third floor of the house had been occupied by the terrorist, when he was alive, with his parents as well as his brother, who actually lives abroad.

Defense Minister Barak had prior to that instructed the defense establishment to demolish the terrorist's home after a series of consultations with senior IDF officials, the Shin Bet security service and the police.

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Barak have announced their support for the demolition of Jerusalem terrorists' homes after a string of terror attacks were perpetrated in the capital by residents of East Jerusalem. In recent years, Israel has refrained from demolishing homes in East Jerusalem.