Police have arrested the husband of a 36-year-old Haifa mother of four who was stabbed to death on Sunday.
Medics who arrived at the Kiryat Shmuel neighborhood said they found the woman unconscious on the sidewalk and took her to Haifa’s Rambam Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.
A neighbor said the woman and her husband argued frequently, adding that the woman was afraid of her husband, who had left home several times at the woman’s request.
Another neighbor said the husband had been arrested in the past for allegedly assaulting his wife. “The husband lives in Be’er Sheva and would just come to visit,” she said.
Amotz Yigdal, a senior medic from the Magen David Adom rescue service, said that when he arrived, the woman was unconscious and in critical condition.
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In a statement, the Haifa municipality said the family had been known to the authorities and their situation was being dealt with by the city, the police and the courts. It said the city’s social service department was now addressing the needs of the couple’s children.
Galia Wolloch, the chairwoman of the Na’amat women’s organization, said the arrest followed a string of cases of domestic violence against women.
She said the case “follows the double murder of sisters in Jaffa this month and many acts of murder and assault against women since the beginning of the year. Some of the cases involved domestic partners, and others were cases of family members who simply took the law into their hands.”
She added: “I call on the Israeli government to use every means and significantly increase educational and preventative efforts as well as the enforcement and punishment of those who attack women. I turn to every woman who feels threatened, even if she’s not certain that she’s in danger, to contact us, Na’amat, or any other center for the treatment and prevention of violence.”