A gag order on the name of the woman who was murdered in front of her children in Be’er Sheva last week was lifted on Thursday, and she was identified as Dvora Hirsch, 30.
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Hirsch, whose ex-husband was once a state witness against a crime kingpin, had filed domestic violence complaints against her ex and accused him of threatening her even from prison. She was shot to death while sitting in her car with her three children.
When the Be’er Sheva Magistrate’s Court decided to lift the gag order, police initially asked it to delay, saying publication of Hirsch’s name would impede the investigation. The court agreed to hold off for one more day, until Friday, but the police later changed their minds and allowed immediate publication.
Hirsch divorced her husband a few months ago. The couple had spent several years in the United States as part of the witness protection program, which they joined when her husband turned state’s evidence. It’s not clear why they left the program.
Her ex-husband is currently in prison awaiting trial in two separate domestic violence cases, at least one of them for violence against her.
About six months ago, while her husband was already under arrest, Hirsch complained to the police that he was threatening to kill her. In one phone call, she said he had threatened to “make the children orphans.”
Hirsch’s neighbors told Haaretz that she was also threatened by her ex-husband’s underworld enemies. But despite all the threats against her, from both her ex and his enemies, she received no police protection, they said.