Israeli Policeman Suspected of Murdering Wife in Their West Bank Home

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Police at the scene of the murder in Na'ale, today.
Police at the scene of the murder in Na'ale, today.Credit: Ofer Vaknin

A police officer was arrested Friday after he called his commander to say he had shot and killed his wife at their home in the West Bank settlement of Na’aleh, police said.

The Justice Ministry unit that investigates alleged police misconduct by has opened an investigation into Amir Raz, 33, suspected of killing his wife Diana Raz, 35. She was a relationship counselor and ran a business named Love Academy.

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According to a preliminary investigation, the couple’s four children were at home during the shooting, and Raz subsequently called his commander to say he had murdered his wife, police said. He then allegedly called his mother and asked her to pick up the children. 
Raz said he shot twice and one bullet hit his wife in the head. He told investigators: “I have no explanation for what happened. I don’t know why I did it.” He said the children saw everything. This followed an argument after his wife accused him of looking at another woman, he said.

Raz is a patrol officer in Modi’in. Acquaintances of the family said the couple was married for 10 years, frequently fought and had a tense relationship. Na’ale’s spokeswoman said they were not known to welfare authorities.

The suspect’s father, who arrived at the couple’s home after the police, told Haaretz: “They had problems like any couple. ... He loved her till the end of the earth. I have no idea what happened here.”

A neighbor said she heard four gunshots and called her husband over when she realized they weren’t coming from a nearby village. “Everyone knows everyone else, this is a secular settlement and everyone goes to school together,” she said. “We knew they had problems. There were always fights between them, but we didn’t think it would reach this situation.” Another local reported hearing shots as she passed by the area.

A different neighbor said the couple’s relationship was tense, “unlike the ideal you see on Facebook.”

On her business website, Raz wrote: “In 2006 I underwent a lifechange. I was in a damaging, miserable realtionship. I was hurt and broken with very low self esteem. Despite my fear I decided to end the relationship. That was a big change, becoming free and finding the desire not to be dependent on having a man by my side.”

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