Such demolitions are part of Israel's efforts to deter potential terrorists from committing similar attacks.
A-Shaludi, a 20-year-old Palestiniam from the Silwan neighborhood of East Jerusalem who who served time in prison for security offences, ran over and killed 3-month-old Haya Ziesl Baron and Ecuadorian Karen Mosquera (22), and wounded five others. A-Shaludi died hours after the attack from police gunfire.
Ibrahim a-Shaludi, a relative of the terrorist, said on Friday: "It makes no sense to come and demolish a house. He did not run them over on purpose. Again, we want to point out that he was ill and not feeling well on that same day.
"Why didn't they destroy the homes of those accused of the murder of Mohammed Abu Khdeir? That was also a murder on a nationalistic background. The answer is – it's because they're Jews. The government of Israel wants to destroy the people of East Jerusalem and avenge them," Ibrahim added.
Another Silwan resident said: "If they carry out the demolition, the residents will not let it pass over quietly. It's best that the government of Israel refrain from damaging the family's home, because the response will be very harsh."
The local further added that "since receiving the order, we began preparing in order to protect the homes intended for demolition. Damaging homes is just as bad as damaging mosques."
A-Shaludi was also reportedly a close relative of the Muhi a-Din Sharif, aka "Engineer No. 2", a senior member of the Hamas military wing who was killed near Ramallah in 1998. Shortly after the attack, Hamas flags were hung around his house and a mourning tent erected in his honor.