Israeli-Palestinian Delegation Pays Condolence Visit to Murdered Teen's Family

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Participants at a memorial for Ori Ansbacher in Jerusalem on Saturday, February 9, 2019.
Participants at a memorial for Ori Ansbacher in Jerusalem on Saturday, February 9, 2019.Credit: Olivier Fitoussi

A joint Israeli-Palestinian delegation paid a condolence visit on Tuesday to the family of Ori Ansbacher, a 19-year-old Israeli teen who was murdered last week in a forest near Jerusalem.

The delegation included some 20 activists from Tag Meir, an organization that fights hate crimes on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as well as 10 Palestinians from Ramallah, Wadi Fuchin, Husan and Jericho.

The group, which visited the family's home in the West Bank settlement of Tekoa, also brought many letters of condolence penned by Palestinians.

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Gadi Gvaryahu, Tag Meir’s chairman, headed the delegation, which also included MK Mossi Raz (Meretz) and New Israel Fund CEO Mickey Gitzin.

It was reported on Monday that Palestinian organizations, among them Hamas and Islamic Jihad, had withheld endorsement of the murder, and no group claimed responsibility for the attack, as usually happens.

The Palestinian Prisoners Club, which is affiliated with the Palestinian Authority, as well as other organizations supporting prisoners, did not send a lawyer to represent Arafat Irfaiya, who is suspected of the murder, after it was reported that he had raped her before killing her.

Imprisoned Fatah members in Israel have expressed opposition to him being jailed in the wing designated for its members.

Irfaiya, a 29-year-old Hebron resident, confessed that he had raped Ansbacher and stabbed her to death in a forest near Ein Yael and reenacted the crime for police. The Shin Bet Security Service announced on Sunday that Irfaiya, who has served time for possession of a knife, was politically motivated to commit the crime. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu conveyed this message to the family. Earlier, the security services mapped his home in preparation for demolishing it.

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