Israeli Man Arrested on Suspicion of Stabbing Wife to Death

Neighbors call the police after the couple’s 5-year-old daughter tells them she saw her father beating her mother

Bar Peleg
Jack Khoury
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The entrance to the building where a 40-year-old woman was presumably murdered by her husband, Taibeh, central Israel, July 3 2020.
The entrance to the building where a 40-year-old woman was presumably murdered by her husband, Taibeh, central Israel, July 3 2020. Credit: Tomer Appelbaum
Bar Peleg
Jack Khoury

Police arrested a man suspected of stabbing to death his wife on Thursday in the Israeli Arab town of Taibeh.

The husband is suspected of stabbing his wife, Wafa Johar Masarwa, in their apartment. She subsequently collapsed in the building’s stairwell. 

Police said no complaints of violence between the spouses had been submitted.

The Masarwa was an Israeli citizen of Palestinian origin. She was born in the West Bank and married her husband, a Taibeh resident, 20 years ago. She gave birth to girl twins five years ago, but only one survived.

Wafa Johar Masarwa
Wafa Johar Masarwa

According to a medical source who arrived at the scene, after the couple’s 5-year-old daughter saw her parents fighting she told her neighbors that her father was beating her mother.

The neighbors, the source said, called the police, who arrived at the scene and arrested the man.

the Magen David Adom emergency medical service said they received a report at about 2:30 P.M. of an unconscious woman in her home. First responders tried in vain to resuscitate her and pronounced her dead. A senior Magen David Adom paramedic, Mohammed Natour, said the Masarwa had several stab wounds on her body.

Since the beginning of 2020, 12 women have been murdered in Israel by their partner, half of them in Arab society. In total, 42 Arab Israelis have been murdered since the beginning of the year.

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