Israeli security forces have demolished homes of four Palestinian Authority residents, including the resident of the murders of Rabbi Eitan and Naama Henkin and Malachi Rosenfeld.
The homes are located in Shechem and north of Ramallah.
The IDF stated:
On October 1, Yahia Muhammad Naif Abdullah Hajj Hamad, Samir Zahir Ibrahim Kusah, and Karem Lufti Fatahi Razek plotted and executed the lethal attack on Naama and Eitan Henkin.
The terrorist shot and murdered the two parents in front of their four children on the main route between the communities of Alon Moreh and Itamar.
On June 29, Maad Hamed shot and murdered Malachi Rosenfeld on his way back from a basketball game.
The IDF cleared out the families from the homes before they were blown up.
The Supreme Court approved the demolitions after several days of hearings that were drawn out because of arguments by human rights groups that the action punishes people who have not been accused of terrorism.
The government views demolishing terrorists’ homes as a deterrent to terror, and Mark Regev, spokesman for the Office of the Prime Minister, stated:
There are all too many incentives to encourage people to commit terrorist crimes. People who commit these terrorist crimes are not afraid to die. So the fear that the house that they lived in will be destroyed after they are gone provides an effective deterrence and saves lives.