Skip To Content
Breaking News

Court Halts Demolition of Yehuda Glick Attacker’s Home

Israel’s Supreme Court suspended a demolition order for the home of the Palestinian terrorist who severely injured Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick in an assassination attempt.

The panel of three Supreme Court judges on Wednesday asked the state to explain why the home of the terrorist Mutaz Hijazi, located in the eastern Jerusalem neighborhood of Abu Tor, should be demolished in light of the fact that Glick’s health is improving and that the family did not have any knowledge that he was going to perpetrate the attack, according to Israeli media reports.

Hijazi, a member of Islamic Jihad, was killed during a shootout with police near his home the morning after the Oct. 29 attack outside of the Begin Center in Jerusalem where he worked in the kitchen. He shot Glick at close range in the chest and abdomen before fleeing on a motorcycle. Immediately before he was shot, Glick had spoken at the center on the Jewish right to pray on the Temple Mount.

The panel of judges also upheld demolition orders on the homes of two terrorists who killed five Israelis in an attack on a synagogue in Jerusalem in November.

Uday and Ghassan Abu Jamal, who lived in the eastern Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber, killed four rabbis, including two dual U.S.-Israeli citizens, and an Israeli police officer, in a terror rampage on the Bnei Torah Kehillat Yaakov synagogue and rabbinical seminary in the Har Nof neighborhood of Jerusalem.

The Jerusalem residency of Nadia Abu Jamal, wife of Ghassan, and their children, was subsequently revoked, requiring them to leave Israeli territory and return to the West Bank, and stripping them of any financial benefits she receives from the state.

The court also upheld the demolition order on the home of Mohamad Jabis, of the eastern Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber, who on Aug. 4 overturned a bus and killed a pedestrian with a bulldozer from the construction site where he worked. His family petitioned the court to cancel the demolition, saying the incident was an accident.

Israel began demolishing the homes of terrorists in November, following a spate of terror attacks on Israeli civilians, the reversal of a moratorium that began in 2005.

I hope you appreciated this article. Before you go, I’d like to ask you to please support the Forward’s award-winning, nonprofit journalism during this critical time.

Now more than ever, American Jews need independent news they can trust, with reporting driven by truth, not ideology. We serve you, not any ideological agenda.

At a time when other newsrooms are closing or cutting back, the Forward has removed its paywall and invested additional resources to report on the ground from Israel and around the U.S. on the impact of the war, rising antisemitism and the protests on college campuses.

Readers like you make it all possible. Support our work by becoming a Forward Member and connect with our journalism and your community.

Make a gift of any size and become a Forward member today. You’ll support our mission to tell the American Jewish story fully and fairly. 

— Rachel Fishman Feddersen, Publisher and CEO

Join our mission to tell the Jewish story fully and fairly.

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.