Photo Credit: IDF
IDF soldiers searching for Dvir Sorek's murderers.

The Israel Defense Force has announced it will proceed with the demolition of the homes of two suspected Palestinian Authority Arab terrorists accused of murdering a yeshiva student in Judea.

The body of 18-year-old Dvir Sorek, a newly-enlisted off-duty IDF hesder yeshiva soldier was found stabbed to death outside the Gush Etzion Jewish community of Migdal Oz on August 7.


Within days, Palestinian Authority Arab cousins Nasir and Qasseem Asafra were tracked down and arrested by IDF security forces in connection with the murder.

The two cousins have been accused of ambushing Sorek after he disembarked from a bus in the area late in the evening. They allegedly then stabbed the teen to death and dumped his body in the woods outside the community.

In accordance with standard counter terrorism policy of the State of Israel, the families of the two terrorists were notified by the IDF that their homes, both located in the Hebron suburb of Beit Khalil, would be demolished.

The families were also told they would be able to appeal the decision – which they did. The court that heard the appeal, however, rejected the petition. According to the IDF, the subsequent demolition orders were signed “after the appeals by the family against the demolitions were rejected.”

The IDF has not indicated a specific time frame for the demolition.


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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.