House of stabbing assailant to be demolished soon: Israel Defense Forces

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By Middle East Affairs

The Israel Defense Forces are preparing to demolish the house of the terrorist who stabbed an killed an Israeli on Sunday in Jerusalem’s Old City, Haaretz reports.

The Samaria Regional Brigade, the Shin Bet security service and the Border Police “carried out an engineering mapping” for the demolition of Abed al-Rahman Bani Fadel’s house in the West Bank village of Arqaba, according to the news agency, and interrogated his family members. The Israeli army also arrested 15 suspects overnight in West Bank.

Bani Fadel, 28, stabbed an Israeli Sunday afternoon in his upper body on Haggay St., near the entrance of Temple Mount. The victim later died.

His name was Adiel Coleman, a 32-year-old married father of four children from the West Bank settlement of Kochav Hashachar. A private security guard, he was off duty and unarmed when the attack took place. Haaretz said he will be buried Monday morning.

Coleman’s mother spoke Monday morning on Army Radio.

“I said to my other children, ‘We choose life. In another month, we will marry our daughter; we are a chain of generations. We will continue in all the regions of the Land of Israel, from the Golan to the Gaza coast. We will remain in the Land of Israel,'” Yael Coleman said.

Yael also said her son helped build the scaffolding in the City of David “to prepare the Temple.”

Eyewitnesses said Coleman tried to fight off his attacker until police arrived and shot Bani Fadel, who died of his wounds, and Coleman was taken to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in serious condition.

Local residents told Haaretz that the assailant, “a father of two children, was an introverted man who worked in a warehouse. His brother and uncle are part of Hamas’ leadership in the West Bank, though he was not considered to be an active member in the organization.”

He had no previous security offenses, according to military, nor was he being watched by Shin Bet security service or Israel Police. He had a five-day permit to enter Israel and find work, Haaretz said, which began Sunday.

Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman Tweeted Sunday that he holds Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas responsible for the attack.

The Israeli Defense Force may recommend changing the security barrier’s route now in the area where the attack took place, Haaretz reported. If that happens, it will split the village of Barta’a in two.

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