Jerusalem Arabs violently defends bulldozer terrorist's home

Tuesday, April 07, 2009 |  Israel Today Staff

Residents in the Jerusalem-area Arab village of Sur Baher were out in force Tuesday to protest against the demolition of the home of a local man who in July of last year perpetrated the first in a series of bulldozer terrorist attacks in the capital.

One of the angry locals went so far as to drive his car into a group of Israeli soldiers protecting the demolition crew. Three soldiers were lightly wounded, and the driver of the vehicle was shot dead.

The home was demolished after months of intense legal battles over whether or not Israel should reinstate its policy of home demolitions as a deterrent to acts of terror.

The Supreme Court finally gave its approval to bring down the house of Hossam Dawyyat a few weeks ago. Dawyyat killed three Israelis and wounded dozens more when he rampaged through midday traffic in a massive earthmoving bulldozer last year.

Supreme Court Justice Edmond Levy said that if demolishing Dawyyat's home could prevent future acts of senseless murder and destruction, then it must be done.

In other violence, a 26-year-old Israeli motorist was moderately injured after being attacked by Arab stone throwers while traveling in northern Samaria on Tuesday. The man's young daughter and two female hitchhikers who were traveling with them were unharmed.

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