The IDF on Friday demolished the home of Khalil Yusef Ali Jabarin, the Palestinian teenager who stabbed Ari Fuld to death on Sept. 16 at the Gush Etzion junction.
The third-floor apartment belonging to the family of the 17-year-old terrorist in the West Bank city of Yatta was demolished by explosives, according to Palestinian news agency Maan.
On September 16th, 2018 a Palestinian terrorist murdered Ari Fuld, an American-Israeli civilian. Last night, we demolished the terrorist’s residence. Terror will be met with a swift response. pic.twitter.com/s0AFDcfINe— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) January 18, 2019
Riots broke out with several dozen Palestinians throwing stones at the troops who arrived to carry out the demolition order, the military said, adding that troops responded with crowd dispersal means. There were no reports of casualties or injuries.
A controversial tactic, Israeli officials say home demolitions are a key deterrent to stopping potential attackers, but Palestinians and human rights groups criticize the IDF for using collective punishment by demolishing the homes of terrorists’s families.
Shortly after the attack, security forces had mapped the home for demolition and on November 27 the family was given a week to appeal the decision to demolish the home. The family appealed the decision twice. Both appeals were rejected.
New York-born Fuld, a father of four, was standing between the Harim Mall and the Rami Levi supermarket when he was stabbed multiple times in his upper body by Jabarin.
Mortally wounded, Fuld chased his attacker, jumping over a stone wall and shooting him, before collapsing. Evacuated to Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center, he succumbed there to his wounds.
Jabarin, who was shot by Fuld and another armed civilian, was evacuated in moderate condition fully conscious to the same hospital as Fuld.
Jabarin was charged with intentionally causing death and a number of lesser charges by a West Bank military court in October.
According to reports, his parents had warned both Palestinian Authority security officials and IDF troops that they believed their son was planning to carry out an attack after he went missing the morning of the attack following an argument with his father about attending school.
His mother meanwhile went to the Meitar checkpoint in the southern West Bank and told troops that her son was on his way to carry out an attack, but did not provide any details as to when or where she thought it would happen.
Jabarin stabbed Fuld at around the same time she warned troops.
Fuld, a well-known right-wing activist, served as a sergeant in an elite paratroopers unit and in the Efrat emergency response squad. Fuld, who lived in Efrat with his wife Miriam and their four children, was buried in Kfar Etzion with thousands in attendance.