The Israel Defense Forces reported on Monday that it had demolished the home of a terrorist involved in the murder of 17-year old Rina Shnerb last August.

According to the report, dozens of Palestinians assaulted IDF troops with rocks and Molotov cocktails as they entered the village of Kobar north of Ramallah during the pre-dawn hours on Monday to bulldoze the home of Qassem Shibli. Shibli is a member of the terrorist cell that perpetrated the Aug. 23 roadside bomb attack in which Shnerb was killed and her father and brother wounded during a family outing at a spring near the town of Dolev in Judea and Samaria.

The homes of the other two members of the cell, Walid Hanatsheh and Yazan Mughamis, were demolished by the IDF on March 20. Then, too, dozens of Palestinians burned tires and threw rocks and firebombs at the troops carrying out the demolition.

As in the earlier incidents, the IDF responded on Monday with “riot-dispersal means.”

In December, a months-long operation of the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet), the Israel Police and the IDF exposed an extensive Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terrorist network in Judea and Samaria, operated under the leadership of senior PFLP members. The terrorists who murdered Shnerb were members of this network.

On April 21, eight months after their daughter’s murder, her parents announced the birth of a baby girl. Her father, Rabbi Eitan Shnerb, recounted to the Hebrew press that while he was in intensive care following the attack, his wife, Shira, told him that she hadn’t been feeling well and that she believed she was pregnant.

“She was right,” he said. “It is a great joy. It is a victory over the terrorists and the Nazis. They will not succeed. We, the Jewish people, will [continue to] bring children into this world.”

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