Israeli-Arab Woman Found Murdered in Car in West Bank

Police say motive was ‘criminal dispute,’ but gag order has been imposed on case.

An archive photo of an Israel Police car.
David Bachar

A 44-year-old woman was found dead in a car in the northern West Bank late Saturday night, with the police treating her death as murder.

The woman, an Israeli Arab, was found in a car with shattered windows and alongside a man in his forties – also an Israeli Arab – who was lightly injured. He was treated at the scene. The police said the woman’s body bore signs of physical violence.

The car was found on Route 555 at about 2 A.M. on Sunday morning, between the Yakir junction and Barkan settlement, after the driver of a passing garbage truck noticed the car and called the police.

A Magen David Adom ambulance arrived and the medics tried to resuscitate the woman. They were forced to pronounce her dead at the scene. The man was slightly injured in the chest and face, said an MDA paramedic.

The police’s Judea and Samaria District called the motive for the murder a “criminal dispute,” and said significant progress was made in the investigation over the Simhat Torah holiday. A gag order has been imposed on details of the incident.