Mother of Six Murdered in Ramle Shooting

Buseina Abu Ghanem is the latest woman in her family to be murdered, following nine previous deaths between 2000-2007. Her sister and stepmother were also murdered a few years ago.

Nir Keidar

A mother of six was murdered in Ramle on Saturday evening, shot to death while sitting in her car. One of her children had been with her in the car but left it a few minutes prior to the shooting.

Buseina Abu Ghanem, 31, was taken to Assaf Harofeh Hospital, Tzrifin, in critical condition. Despite resuscitation attempts by Magen David Adom paramedics on the way, she died shortly afterward. The police are investigating the Ramle woman’s murder.

Nine women of the Abu Ghanem family were murdered from 2000-2007, apparently by male relatives or by men contracted by their relatives, police said.

A resident of the neighborhood told Haaretz that Buseina Abu Ghanem had parked her car in a public parking lot on Ha’eshel Street.

“A relative of hers lives close by, and apparently a child who had been in the car got out of it and went to one of the buildings in the neighborhood,” the resident said.

“I heard five or six shots and saw people running toward the car. They said a woman had been badly injured,” she added.

The deceased woman was divorced and lived with her mother in Ramle. A few years ago, her sister and stepmother were also murdered. Another woman in her family has been missing for several years.

In March, Lilian Masoud, 38, was shot to death near her home in Lod. She and her husband had left the city five months earlier, for fear of being murdered due to a bloody feud with their neighbors. The woman returned to Lod shortly before she was killed.

Masoud had three children, aged 17, 15 and 7. The body of her niece, Nermin Masoud, was found in the city’s Muslim cemetery some three years ago.

After the Masouds had left Lod, the husband – who was suspected of having an affair with another woman – was murdered. After his death, Lilian Masoud assumed she was no longer in danger and moved back to the city, despite police warnings to reconsider the move.