Palestinian killed in rioting as Israel hands out West Bank demolition notices


(JTA) — A Palestinian youth was killed by Israeli troops during rioting in Hebron that started as demolition notices were handed out to seven West Bank households that belonged to terrorists.

The fatality, a male teenager, was shot Friday, according to the Maan news agency.

The orders of demolition — a controversial measure whose application against terrorists’ families is under frequent judicial review in Israel — were handed out Thursday to the family of Ihab Maswada from Hebron, who murdered Genadi Kaufman in a stabbing attack near the Tomb of the Patriarchs in December.

Additionally, troops gave notices to the Qalandiya family of Issa Assaf and Anan Abu Habsah, who killed Rabbi Reuben Birmajer in a stabbing attack at the Jaffa Gate in Jerusalem that month; the Beit Amra home of Abdullah Dais, who murdered Dafna Meir on Jan. 17, and the Nablus homes of Bassam Saih, Ragheb Ahmad Muhammad Aliwi and Zir Ziad Jamal Amar — all members of a cell responsible for the murders of Eitam and Naama Henkin in October.

Also Thursday, Israeli troops and Border Police arrested eight Palestinians suspected of terrorism in overnight raids in the West Bank, the Israel Defense Forces said Friday.

Separately, the High Court of Justice on Thursday suspended demolition orders for the West Bank homes of two Palestinians who allegedly killed five Israelis in twin attacks on Nov. 19.

The court issued the temporary injunctions in response to petitions by the families of the suspected terrorists, Israel Radio reported Friday.

One of the homes belonged to Raed Masalmeh, 36, of Hebron, who admitted stabbing to death Reuven Aviram, 51, and 32-year-old Aharon Yesiav, and wounding a third person in an attack on Jewish worshipers at the Panorama building in south Tel Aviv. He was indicted for murder in Tel Aviv District Court.

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