The IDF early Monday morning announced that it had demolished the house of the family of Muhammad Tarayrah, 17, in the Palestinian village of Bani Naim, located near Kiryat Arba, where he murdered 13-year old Hallel Yafa Ariel in June.
Tarayrah stabbed Ariel to death in her bedroom on June 30 and injured another resident while infiltrating the West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arba, next to Hebron.
Many have petitioned against the IDF house demolitions and the High Court of Justice has started to push back on some of them where there was less evidence of the family of the terrorist knowing about the planned attack or where the demolition would harm adjacent residents’ properties, but most demolitions have been allowed to go forward.
“My daughter was sleeping calmly when he [the terrorist] came into her bedroom,” the girl’s mother Rena Ariel told reporters outside the hospital at the time.
A Magen David Adom paramedic said at the time that when he arrived at the scene the teenage girl, Hallel Yaffa, was unconscious and not breathing. They were able to resuscitate her at the scene, but it was touch-and-go during the ride to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, as they fought to keep her alive.