Cold Case Solved?

Three Arrested on Suspicion of Murder at Tel Aviv Gay Center

Police struggled to solve 2009 shooting, in which two youths were killed; suspects to appear in Tel Aviv court Thursday morning.

Nearly four years after Israel was shocked by the murder of two young people at a gay youth center in Tel Aviv, Israeli police announced Wednesday that they have made three arrests. The three will appear in a Tel Aviv court on Thursday morning.

On August 1, 2009, an armed man entered the Bar Noar, a club for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender youth, in Tel Aviv, and shot and killed Nir Katz, 24, and Liz Trubeshi, 16. The police has been investigating the case ever since.

The commander of the Tel Aviv Central Unit, Shlomi Michael, who headed the original investigation team left his post in 2011. Michael was given an unlimited budget and the investigation has been one of the most expensive ever carried out by the police in Israel.

More than 1,000 people have been interrogated and there has been extensive intelligence work in an attempt to find the murderer. Anyone who was mentioned in connection with the affair was called in for questioning. A court order was issued forbidding publication of anything to do with the affair and nothing more has been published about the investigation.

Ofer Vakhnin