Top Israel court nixes appeals against home demolitions

A relative of Abdelrahman Shaludi -- a Palestinian who killed two Israelis with his car last month -- holds his portrait inside his family home after it was razed by Israeli authorities in east Jerusalem, on November 19, 2014Israel’s supreme court has rejected appeals by the families of four east Jerusalem Palestinians involved in deadly anti-Israeli attacks whose homes are all facing punitive demolition orders. In a series of rulings on Wednesday, Judge Elyakim Rubenstein rejected the appeals by four families. According to court documents seen by AFP on Thursday, the first case was filed by the family of Mohammed Jaabis, 23, from Jabal Mukaber, who rammed an earthmover into a bus on August 4, killing an Israeli and wounding four others. The judge also rejected an appeal by the family of Ibrahim Akari, 38, from Shuafat refugee camp, who on November 5 rammed his car into pedestrians, killing a teenager and a policeman and wounding nine, before also being shot dead.

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