WORSHIPERS GATHER at the Har Nof synagogue that was the site of a brutal terror attack.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
One week after the family home of Har Nof massacre terrorist Uday Abu Jamal was sealed in southeast Jerusalem’s Jebl Mukaber neighborhood, the home of his accomplice and cousin, Ghassan Abu Jamal, was demolished on Wednesday.
The residence, also located in Jebl Mukaber, was evacuated, cordoned off, and then razed by government bulldozers.
The demolition comes some eight months after the Abu Jamals slaughtered four rabbis who were praying in a Har Nof synagogue, and killed a Border Police officer who attempted to save their lives.
It remains unclear how many of the killer’s relatives lived in the residence demolished on Wednesday or why the home of his cousin was sealed and not razed. The order was approved after the High Court of Justice rejected a petition from Abu Jamal’s family to spare the homes.
The Har Nof massacre took place on November 18, 2014, shortly after 7 a.m., when the cousins stormed the Kehillat Bnei Torah Synagogue wielding axes, knives, and a pistol to attack its more than 30 congregants.
According to witnesses, the terrorists shouted, “Allahu akbar!” before proceeding to kill and maim the victims.
The four murdered rabbis were Aryeh Kupinsky, 43, Avraham Shmuel Goldberg, 68, Kalman Ze’ev Levine, 55, and Moshe Twersky, 59, all residents of Har Nof. Kupinsky, Levine, and Twersky held dual US-Israeli citizenship, having emigrated from America; Goldberg had made aliya from Britain.
Both of the killers died in a gunfight after shooting dead Druse police officer Zidan Saif, 30, the married father of a then four-month-old daughter.
Less than 10 days after the massacre, the Interior Ministry said it would revoke the residency of Nadia Abu Jamal, the wife of one of the terrorists, and cancel all of her future monetary and social benefits from the state.