IDF to Raze Family Home of Palestinian Suspected of Raping and Killing Israeli Teen

Arafat Irfaiya is currently in custody and awaiting an indictment in what has been ruled by the Shin Bet as a 'nationalistically motivated' murder

Arafat Irfaiya appears in a magistrate's court in Jerusalem, February 11, 2019.
Olivier Fitoussi

The family home of the man who admitted to raping and murdering 19-year-old Israeli teen Ori Ansbacher will be demolished, the Israel Defense Forces announced Wednesday. 

Arafat Irfaiya, a 29-year-old who was residing in Israel illegally, was arrested in February as a suspect in the sexual assault and murder of Ansbacher, who was found dead near Jerusalem.

The Shin Bet has ruled the murder as being "nationalistically motivated." Irfaiya is currently under arrest and an indictmnet is expected to be filed against him soon. 

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Following his arrest, Irfaiya showed interrogators where he found Ansbacher in the forest and in an reenactment, he demonstrated where he saw the teen sitting on a chair in the woods, sexually assaulted her and then killed her.

Ansbacher, who hailed from the settlement of Tekoa, was found naked with stab wounds to her chest, at Ein Yael, southwest of Jerusalem on February 7

According to the Shin Bet, Irfaiya left his house in Hebron with a knife in his possession and made his way toward the Palestinian West Bank town of Beit Jala. He walked in the direction of a nearby forest, where he spotted Ansbacher and proceeded to assault her.

Security officials say the Israel Police and Shin Bet are familiar with Irfaiya due to his inciting comments and criminal record. In 2009, he was arrested for possession of a knife and imprisoned for three months. In 2017, he was arrested for staying in Israel illegally and for possession of a knife, and served five months in prison. According to a security source, he is affiliated with Hamas.