IDF to Demolish Home of Palestinian Behind Israeli Teenager’s Murder

Breitbart | 2/11/2019 | Staff
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TEL AVIV – The IDF on Sunday began preparations for the demolition of the home of a Palestinian man who confessed to brutally murdering a 19-year-old Israeli woman in Jerusalem last week, suggesting that security forces believe that the murder constituted an act of terror.

Arafat Irfayia, 29, was arrested near Ramallah on Friday on suspicion of murdering Ori Ansbacher while she was out walking in a forest in southern Jerusalem on Thursday. On Sunday, it was reported that Irfayia had already confessed to the crime and reenacted it for the police.

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The military on Friday mapped Irfayia’s home in the West Bank city of Hebron for the purposes of “evaluating ways to demolish it,” the army said.

According to the Shin Bet security agency, Irfayia “left his home in Hebron with a knife and made his way to the village of Beit Jala,” before continuing to “the forest, where he saw Ori, attacked and murdered her.”

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Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked said Saturday that “the military prosecution needs to ask for the death penalty.”

Most of the details of the gruesome murder have been shrouded under a gag order.

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“We should not hide the truth,” Shaked told Channel 13 news. “He killed Ori because she was a Jewish girl.”

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan echoed Shaked’s call for the death penalty.

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“If the murderer abused his victim and if we understand that there is no way to rehabilitate him, and in cases of the murder of a family, the death penalty should be used,” Erdan said.

The only time Israel has used the death penalty was in the case of Nazi officer Adolf Eichmann in 1962.

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Erdan added that the murder should be treated as terrorism regardless of whether it was nationalistically motivated.

“When a Palestinian in Israel illegally murders a Jew in the State of Israel, there is no...
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