The house of a Palestinian man behind a deadly assault on Israelis is to be demolished by Israeli authorities, though it was constructed with compensation paid to them after one among their family members was killed by an Israeli.
The entrances to the east Jerusalem residence of Fatima Alqam, her husband Moussa and 4 kids had been sealed inside days after her 21-year-old son killed seven folks exterior a synagogue within the settlement of Neve Yaacov.
Khayri Alqam was shot useless within the January 27 assault and his household later acquired a demolition order for his or her condominium, below a long-standing coverage to punish the households of Palestinians who kill Israelis.
“We hope that it gained’t be torn down. A lawyer has been appointed and we’re ready for the appeals course of”, stated one of many assailant’s family members who requested anonymity, fearing reprisals.
Khayri Alqam shared the identify of his grandfather, who was killed in 1998, allegedly by an Israeli extremist.
An Israeli man was arrested in 2010 for that assault and a collection of different murders of Palestinians, though he was later launched and in the end nobody was convicted over the killing.
“Who can we complain to?” requested the relative. “He should be punished. We had been wronged in 1998 and wronged in the present day.”
The accused Israeli in that case gained the vocal assist of Itamar Ben-Gvir, who has risen from extreme-right agitator to his present place as Israel’s nationwide safety minister.
An adviser to the politician, whose portfolio contains policing, didn’t reply to a request from AFP to touch upon Ben-Gvir’s relationship with the accused.
On the time of the killing, the Alqam household stated they had been visited by then-Israeli president Ezer Weizman, and acquired compensation from the state over the homicide.
They used a number of the cash to construct their residence within the al-Tur neighbourhood of annexed east Jerusalem and had been residing on the second ground of the small condominium block, with the opposite flooring taken by family members.
When Israeli forces demolish one apartment within a block, they knock down the walls to make it uninhabitable.
While successive governments have implemented the demolition policy, there has usually been a period after such an order is issued to allow residents to appeal.
That changed with the Alqam home, which under the administration of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was sealed within 48 hours of the January 27 attack.
“These changes began with the new right-wing government,” said Daqqa, who represents clients facing demolition orders.
“And the demolition policy was expanded to include cases in which there were no deaths, or operations (attacks) carried out by children,” she added.
Last month the cabinet announced that the family home of a 13-year-old boy who shot and wounded two Israelis in the Silwan neighbourhood of east Jerusalem would also be sealed.
In al-Tur, Fatima and Moussa Alqam have now moved in with his mother in the same building as their sealed apartment, along with their children, aged six to 16.
The four-storey building was like a “military checkpoint” according to Moussa Alqam, with Israeli forces stationed at the property for more than two weeks.