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Israel Refrains from Demolishing Houses in East Jerusalem Owned by Terrorists

Israeli authorities, apparently accepting a suggestion made some time ago by Mayor Teddy Kollek, have refrained from demolishing four houses in East Jerusalem which belong to members of terrorist organizations. Instead, the buildings were requisitioned and sealed off by police after the owners were allowed to remove their belongings.

Israeli policy since the June, 1967 war, has been to blow up buildings belonging to or used by terrorists. This policy has been followed on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. In East Jerusalem, the military blew up a house owned by Kammam Nammr, a sabotage unit leader. But Mr. Kollek said at the time that houses in East Jerusalem should be exempted from destruction because the city is now part of Israel.