Itzik: Demolish terrorist's house

Almagor association: No legal obstacle to demolition; police still withholding Abu Dheim's body.

Daila Itzik 224.88 (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Daila Itzik 224.88
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Knesset Speaker Dalia Itzik (Kadima) said Monday that the house of Alaa Abu Dheim, the terrorist who killed eight students in the Mercaz Harav Yeshiva Thursday evening, should be demolished, Army Radio reported. Itzik said there was no legal hindrance to such a move. Itzik was visiting the yeshiva accompanied by rabbis teaching there and heard their views on the ramifications of last week's attack. She then sat with the yeshiva's head, Rabbi Yaakov Shapira, who told her "it is not normal that the mourning tent still stands. In any other place in the world they would tear it down under such circumstances." In response, Itzik said "it is not a moral question in any sense. Both the tent and the house should be destroyed. She added that she had turned to Attorney General Menahem Mazuz, asking him to examine the legal possibilities. Meanwhile, the Almagor organization, representing families of terror victims, sent Prime Minister Ehud Olmert a statement saying that according to a legal examination conducted by the organization, demolishing the terrorist's house was allowed even while the man's family members were holders of Israeli ID cards. Almagor said in a statement that the families of the slain students were planning a march on the family house on Thursday. As of Monday evening, the police were still withholding Abu Dheim's body, refusing to release it for burial.