Police Arrest Husband, Ex-husband and Brother of 'Honor Killing' Victim

Busaina Abu Ghanem, mother of six from Ramle, was 10th woman from her extended family murdered since 2000.

Dan Keinan

The Israel Police reported Tuesday that it has solved the October 25 “honor killing” of Busaina Abu Ghanem, a mother of six from Ramle, and has arrested her husband, ex-husband and brother in connection with the crime. Abu Ghanem, 31, was shot while sitting in her vehicle near her home on Ha’eshel street in Ramle. She is the 10th woman from her extended family to be murdered during the last 14 years.

Police arrested her husband, Niam Abu Razek, her ex-husband Salah Abu Ghanem and her younger brother Ismail. On Thursday police, along with the Central District Prosecutor, filed a prosecutor’s statement calling for the three to be put on trial. Indictments are expected to be issued against the three suspects in the coming months.

The murder investigation was carried out under a gag order. On the night of the murder, investigators identified a family member who was an eyewitness to the murder, and was able to point out some of the suspects. Police stated that there were several attempts made to obstruct the investigation, intimidate witnesses, and produce false alibis. Police discovered that the motive for the murder was the victim’s relatively independent behavior, and visitation rights for the daughter she had with her ex-husband.

The murder took place on the night of Saturday, October 25. On that same evening, Busaina Abu Ghanem attended a family wedding, after which she visited a hospital and from there went to pick up a family member at home. When she pulled up on Ha’eshel street, a vehicle with four men inside appeared as well. One of them shot her numerous times in the torso. She was rushed to Assaf Harofeh Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.