No Barriers on Home Demolition

Ad Feedback - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli Attorney General Menachem Mazuz said Thursday that no constitutional barriers prevent the demolition of a terrorist's home, according to rulings by the High Court of Justice.

In light of Wednesday's terror attack in Jerusalem's city center that killed three Israelis and wounded dozens, the attorney general was asked to advise Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Defense Minister Ehud Barak, both of whom advocate razing the homes of Hussam Dwayyat, perpetrator of Wednesday's attack, and Alaa Abu Dheim, an Israeli Arab who murdered eight students at the Mercaz HaRav yeshiva last March.

Dwayyat lived in Sur Bahar, and Dheim was from Jabel Mukaber, two Arab neighborhoods in east Jerusalem.

Mazuz also consulted with the Shin Bet (General Security Agency) and the military advocate general.

"The individual examination of the circumstances of each incident must be carried out by the Shin Bet and the army in coordination with the Justice Ministry, as is customary," Mazuz said.

Ultra-Orthodox Jerusalem Mayor Uri Lupoliansky also advocated razing the terrorists' homes, while Vice Premier Haim Ramon said it would not deter future attacks.

"I doubt that demolishing the house will achieve what it aims to achieve, though if possible, the house must be razed," Ramon said.

Source: Haaretz

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