A Jerusalem court on Monday issued an order for the demolition of a home belonging to the Palestinian family of an Israeli soldier killed by a Palestinian sniper in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah, citing the risk of “potentially catastrophic” consequences if the house were to be demolished.
The court’s order, issued at the end of a two-day hearing, cited “the risk of a catastrophic escalation” if the demolition went ahead, and stated that if the court was to overturn the order, it would order the demolition at the earliest opportunity.
The court ordered the demolition on Sunday of the home of Ibrahim Hamad al-Hammadi, a father of six who was killed by an Israeli sniper on July 17.
Hamad’s wife and four children were inside the home at the time of the attack, which was carried out by two Palestinian gunmen who were reportedly in the house at the same time.
Israeli authorities said they shot and killed Hamad after he allegedly attacked a security checkpoint near the border with the West Bank, prompting clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces.
Palestinian officials have long accused Israel of carrying out attacks against Palestinians in the West, particularly in the central West Bank and east Jerusalem, which are under full Israeli military control.
The home of Hamad, who is believed to have been living in Jerusalem’s Old City since at least the 1980s, was located in the same neighborhood as the home belonging a prominent Palestinian politician and activist.
It is believed that the Hamad family had lived there since the 1980, according to Israeli authorities, and that the home had been the target of attacks by Palestinians who sought to disrupt the activities of the family, which included an Israeli military court, according the Jerusalem Post.
Hamads widow, Sadeq Hamad-Hamani, told the newspaper that her husband had been “very peaceful” in his life and had a “positive outlook.”
“He had the life of a farmer, but he had a peaceful life,” she said.
“He had a son who died fighting for the occupation.”
Hamad was shot by an army sniper during a police raid on the house in the Old City of the occupied city in July 2017, according.
Israel maintains that he was acting in self-defense, but the Israeli military says it shot the Palestinian attacker because he was carrying a knife and had tried to flee.
The attack on Hamad was the third such killing in the past month.
Israel has blamed the attacks on Palestinians who are affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood.
Hamader’s family, who are also members of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, said on Monday they had no information about the circumstances of his death and did not wish to comment.