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IDF demolishes family home of terrorist Omar Abu Lila in Samaria

The Palestinian Authority’s leading Fatah faction is already rebuilding the demolished family home of the terrorist who murdered 47-year-old Rabbi Ahiad Ettinger, z’l, and 19-year-old IDF Staff Sgt. Gal Keidan, z’l, in a vicious attack last month in Samaria.

The family home of 19-year-old murderer Omar Abu Lila was destroyed Tuesday night in the village of a-Zawiya, north of Ramallah.


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According to the Palestinian News Agency, groundwork has already begun on the foundation for the new home, which is located on a lot that was purchased for the family by the Fatah faction – led by Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas – and other elements.

Abu Lila carried out his first attack at the Ariel junction in Samaria, killing one soldier and the rabbi, a husband and father of 12 children in the town of Eli who had seen the attack in progress and stopped to shoot the terrorist in an attempt to end the attack. Instead, Abu Lila’s bullets hit him first. He stole a vehicle and then carried out a second attack at the nearby Gitai Avisar junction where he again opened fire at a bus stop, wounding another soldier.

The 19-year-old terrorist was later killed in a shootout after he opened fire at IDF soldiers and security personnel who came to arrest him in a village near Ramallah.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.