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Israel issues demolition order for home of synagogue attackers

Nov. 20, 2014 4:29 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 21, 2014 6:59 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli police on Thursday issued demolition orders for the home of two Palestinian suspects who killed five Israelis this week in a Jerusalem synagogue.

Ghassan Abu Jamal and his cousin Uday, from the Jabal al-Mukabbir neighborhood of East Jerusalem, entered a synagogue armed with a gun, meat cleavers, and knives and killed five Israelis on Nov. 18.

The Abu Jamal family said that police summoned Ghassan's wife and the parents of Uday to an Israeli police station in the neighborhood and issued demolition orders to the families.

They have 48 hours to appeal the decision in Israeli courts.

Uday's father passed out after a heated argument with Israeli police officers and was taken to hospital for treatment.

The bodies of Ghassan and Uday are still in Israeli custody.

On Wednesday, Israeli forces demolished the Silwan home of Abd al-Rahman al-Shaludi, who killed two Israelis after driving into civilians in Jerusalem last month.

The demolition is one of at least six orders issued by the Israeli government to destroy the homes of the families' of Palestinians who attacked Israelis.

On Sunday, Israeli rights group B'Tselem said that punitive house demolitions are "fundamentally wrong" and contravene "basic moral standards by punishing people for the misdeeds of others."
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