Status of terrorist’s house to be clarified

Monday, February 5, 2018 On Monday, February 5, the High Court Justices ordered the State of Israel to clarify within seven days its stance on the status of the second story of the house of the terrorist who murdered three members of the Salomon family on July 21, 2017. The justices demanded the clarifications after, at a deliberation on Sunday, February 4, Honenu Attorney Chayim Bleicher asked a representative of the State what the stance of the State is with regards to the second story of the terrorist’s house which has not been demolished by the IDF. Bleicher asked Attorney Ro’i Shwekey, who is representing the State of Israel in the case, “Is the family of the terrorist permitted to construct it [the second story] with funding from terrorism and reside in it?” Shwekey initially replied that the family would not be permitted to complete the second story, but later when asked why the second story had not been demolished he replied that it was likely that the family would be permitted to complete construction. Honenu Attorney Chayim Bleicher: “I am pleased that the court understood the absurdity of the response by the State and ordered them to submit clarifications on the matter. The absurdity calls out to the Heavens. Will the family be permitted to build a palace with the funding they receive for terrorism from the contemptible murder they did not prevent? [Several members of the terrorist’s family were convicted of failure to prevent the terror attack.] Will the State have a hand in such an act? I think that this should concern every citizen who values his security.” The Salomon family filed a petition with the High Court of Justice demanding that the terrorist’s house be completely demolished in order to serve as a deterrent and prevent future terror attacks. At a High Court deliberation on Sunday, February 4, concerning the demolition, Michal Salomon, the widow of Elad, Hy”d, turned to the justices and demanded that they order the IDF to complete the demolition of the house. Following the deliberation, Salomon stated that, “At the conclusion of the deliberation I turned to the justices and told them that we are here for one reason – the need to create a deterrence factor in order to prevent the next terror attack. No-one has any idea what it’s really like being a being a bereaved family. There are entire lives involved here. There is great suffering. There are many decisions that we must make alone. And we are here so that this family, this family of bereavement, will cease to grow, so that no more new members will join. I sincerely hope that the court [justices] truly consider these matters, and that they understand that forsaking human life starts here, by preventing deterrents.”

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