Israeli Arab Mother Suspected of Involvement in 18-year-old Daughter's Murder

Police on Saturday arrested the mother and brother of Majda Abu Jabbar, whose scorched body was found in field near central Israel's Kafr Qassem in December.

Kafr Qassem
Ofer Vaknin

The Israel Police are investigating the mother and younger brother of a Kafr Qassem teenager, whose scorched body was discovered in an open field near the village on December 27. The victim was Majda Abu Jabbar, 18.

Her body was transferred to the pathological institute after its discovery. No identifying marks could be found. Police at first thought the corpse belonged to a young girl from another area, and they tried to link it with other girls reported missing to the police. However, the police published pictures of jewelry found on the body, and announced a few days ago that they had identified it as Abu Jabbar.

The police arrested her mother and younger brother on Saturday on suspicion of involvement in her murder. The mother's remand was extended seven days. The minor was held for 24 hours, and his remand was extended on Monday until next Sunday.

Attorney Fadi Hamdan, who represents the mother, told Haaretz that she denies involvement in the murder and said she was very surprised when they informed her that the body had been identified as her daughter. The mother, however, did not provide any reason for her daughter's disappearance, and did not explain why she did not report her disappearance to the police. The minor also denies the suspicions against him.

According to her lawyer, the police did not note in its arrest warrant what the motive was for murder and if she was murdered to protect "family honor."

However, in the hearing to extend her remand, the police said that a so-called honor killing is one of the directions of the investigation.