Israeli Police Arrest Two Suspects in Murder of Christian Leader's Widow

Fadia Kadis was the widow of Gabriel Kadis, the chairman of the Orthodox Christian Association in Jaffa who was murdered over a real estate dispute in 2012

The funeral of Fadia Kadis, the widow of Jaffa Christian leader Gabriel Kadis.
Tomer Appelbaum

Police have arrested two teenagers on suspicion of involvement in the murder of Fadia Kadis, whose body was discovered at her Jaffa home on Thursday with stab wounds.

Kadis was the 52-year-old widow of Gabriel Kadis, the chairman of the Orthodox Christian association in Jaffa who was himself murdered, over a church association real estate dispute, in 2012.

One of the suspects, an 18-year-old woman, is related to Kadis and is also suspected of obstruction of justice. The other suspect is an 18-year-old male.

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Although a gag order has been issued in the new case, a source said police are investigating whether the killing of Kadis’ widow was the result of her opposition to the social relationship between the two suspects. The 2012 murder case and Thursday’s killing are not believed to be related.

Lawyers for the two suspects say their clients deny any involvement in Thursday’s killing. In an unusual step, Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court Judge Ilan Zur barred the press from a hearing on the case on Friday and denied Haaretz’s request that it been held in public. The judge cited the need to prevent obstruction of justice as outweighing the interest in public access to the hearing.

Police have gathered security camera footage from the area around Kadis’ home. According to neighbors, the home was equipped with an alarm system, but the fact that there were no signs of forced entry supports suspicions that the assailant knew Fadia Kadis.