In the wake of the recent truck ramming attack in Jerusalem on Sunday, the Israeli security cabinet released a series of strict regulations intended to avoid another terrorist attack.
The attacker identified as Fadi al-Qunbar, 28-years-old, residing at Jabel Mukaber in East Jerusalem, rammed his truck into a crowd of IDF soldiers at Jerusalem’s Haas Promenade in the city’s south.
The deadly ramming-incident killed four people and wounded 16 others.
Sunday night at the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem, the committee voted to deny the release of Fadi’s body to his family. The committee which consists of 10 members said the new measure is to prevent the family to celebrate his terrorizing deeds thru a public funeral.
The committee also voted to destroy the Qunbar family home as soon as possible and deny the family’s unification requests to allow relatives from Gaza to live in Jerusalem.
Over the past years, the neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber has been a home of several terrorists who have carried out deadly attacks in Israeli-controlled areas. Israel’s security forces encircled the whole neighborhood and began carrying out security checks for anyone who enters and leaves the area.
Meanwhile, the cabinet ordered security forces to arrest and detain anyone found celebrating the recent deadly terror attack. The cabinet released the order after news surfaced that some residents of East Jerusalem cheered and distributed sweet treats right after the attack.
The executive officials also gave Israeli security agencies permission to ‘administratively detain’ a person who expresses support for the Islamic State (IS), as what Qunbar did. This cabinet’s controversial action allows the security forces to indefinitely detain a suspected IS supporter without trial.
After the release of the government’s order, nine people were arrested including five family members of the deceased terrorist. Authorities also conducted several raids in Jabel Mukaber between afternoon and evening hours.
On the other hand, the Palestinian media reported that Qunbar is an affiliated member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a secular terrorist group. However, Qunbar’s family argued that Fadi was a religious man.
The recent terror attack killed four soldiers, Yael Yekutiel, 20, Shir Hajaj, 22, Shira Tzur, 20, and Erez Orbach, 20. The four soldiers are scheduled to be buried on Monday in a military cemetery. Sixteen people were also injured, with two of them in very serious conditions.