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IDF soldiers mapping terrorist's home for future demolition in the Jenin-area village of Qafr Dan, 2022.

IDF soldiers joined Shin Bet intelligence agents and Israel Border Guard Police in an operation early Sunday to map the home of the terrorist who killed 50-year-old Ronen Hanania and wounded three others Saturday night in Kiryat Arba.

It is standard Israeli government policy to demolish the homes of Arab terrorists who murder Israelis. The family members living in the homes typically have a window within which to file an appeal to stop the impending demolition; such appeals often result in partial demolition of the home, focusing specifically on the section of the structure in which the terrorist actually lived.


In addition, the forces arrested three wanted terror suspects, including the brother of Muhammad Kamel al-Jabari, the terrorist who perpetrated the attack.

IDF soldiers operating in the Palestinian Authority town of Jelazoun arrested two other wanted suspects, in addition to confiscating a number of illegal weapons.

Arab rioters hurled rocks at the soldiers, who responded with standard dispersal methods.

Jabari, a resident of Hebron, opened fire Saturday night at a minimarket near the Meshmoret checkpoint at the entrance to Kiryat Arba, wounding two Israelis and a local Palestinian Authority Arab in addition to Hanania, who succumbed to his wounds shortly after the attack.

Magen David Adom paramedic Ofer Ohana came racing to the scene to help the victims; he, too, was hit by gunfire because the terrorist had waited to attack those who came to help his initial victims.

A civilian security officer used his vehicle to ram and then drive directly over the terrorist; an off-duty IDF Golani soldier then raced up and shot the terrorist, killing him instantly.

Ohana, badly wounded, was taken to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, where doctors said Sunday afternoon that his condition, while still serious, has improved.

The two Israelis, also taken to Jerusalem hospitals, are listed in good condition. the Palestinian Authority civilian bystander who was also hurt in the attack is listed in good condition as well; he was taken to a local hospital by the PA’s Red Crescent emergency medical service.

Jabari, a member of the Hamas terrorist organization, was the brother of Wa’al al-Jabari, a terrorist who was deported to Gaza while serving a life sentence in an Israeli prison as part of the 2011 prisoner swap deal to free captive IDF soldier Gilad Shalit, who was held hostage in Gaza by Hamas for five years.

Palestinian Authority Arabs in Hebron and Gaza celebrated Saturday night’s attack by handing out sweets to drivers passing by. They also lit up the skies with fireworks, and chanted support for Hamas terror mastermind Muhammad Deif.

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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.