Home of Yeshiva Students' Killer Sealed

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CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - The High Court cleared the way late last week to seal the home of Ala Abu Dheim with cement.

On Monday morning, police deployed some 80 officers in and around the area while workers poured cement in two of the buildings four floors.

Police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld said the operation was completed without any serious disturbances, outside of a stone-throwing episode by Arab students, whose principal and teachers returned them to their classrooms.

Dheim, who murdered eight students at Jerusalem's Mercaz HaRav yeshiva (religious seminary) last March, lived with his father and siblings in the east Jerusalem Arab neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber.

On a Thursday evening 10 months ago, Dheim entered the yeshiva's library, where students were studying the Torah( the first five books of the Bible) and opened fire, killing eight people, most of them teenagers, and wounding dozens of others.

An off-duty IDF officer in the neighborhood heard the commotion, grabbed his weapon, and was able to shoot and kill the attacker.

Dheim's family and friends set up the tradition Muslim mourning tent outside their home, complete with Hamas and Hezbollah flags.

Following months of delays, the High Court denied a petition by the gunman's father, which stated that his son was not a Hamas member, that the government stopped its policy of demolishing terrorists' homes in 2005, and the Home Front Command didn't have the authority to order the demolition.

The court denied the petition and ruled that it was inappropriate to counter a policy set by the Home Front Command.

Sources: YNet news, israel national news

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