Yeshiva butcher finally buried

Thursday, March 13, 2008 |  by Staff Writer

Nearly a week after he massacred eight young Jewish bible students in Jerusalem, Ala Abu D'heim was finally laid to rest late Wednesday night in his home village on the outskirts of the Israeli capital.

Police withheld D'heim's body for days after learning that his family intended to hold a large funeral procession attended by thousands of local Arabs, many of whom planned to turn the event into a show of support for anti-Israel terrorism.

A mourning tent set up for the killer at his family home had already turned into a magnet for anti-Israel sentiment, and was even adorned with Hamas and Hizballah flags until police ordered the family to remove them earlier this week.

In the end, D'heim was buried during a small nighttime funeral attended only by family and close friends.

Meanwhile, Israeli Internal Security Minister Avi Dichter has requested permission to demolish D'heim's home after his family tried to honor the killer as a "holy martyr."

Israel's Defense Ministry has given a green light to destroy the house, but Dichter is still waiting on a legal ruling from Israel's Supreme Court.

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