Jaffa Man Who 'Was Unhappy' With Sister's Divorce Convicted of Her Murder

Said Abu Sarari is expected to receive a life sentence for the 2016 stabbing at the family's home

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Scene of Kahil's murder in Jaffa, 2016.
Scene of Kahil's murder in Jaffa, 2016.Credit: Moti Milrod

A Tel Aviv court convicted on Tuesday a man who murdered his sister in 2016 after she got a divorce, because he "was unhappy with her refusal to return to her husband."

Jaffa resident Said Abu Sarari is expected to receive a life sentence, but his lawyer, Ofer Ashkenazy, said he plans to appeal the Tel Aviv District Court ruling.

In their unanimous verdict, the judges rejected Abu Sarari’s argument that he was not responsible for his actions due to his psychological condition.

Abu Sarari and his sister Huda Kahil, a divorced mother of four, argued over her decision to leave her husband. Abu Sarari then stabbed her 15 times at the family's home in Jaffa and fled. The indictment says he stabbed her to death after an argument between Kahil and their father.

After the murder, the parents told police Abu Sarari had stabbed his sister during an argument, but then backtracked, refusing to testify against him. The judges said the parents’ initial version of events should be given credibility.

Kahil's death in 2016 was the second murder of a woman by a family member within a three day period. 

A rise in domestic violence reports during the coronavirus crisis sparked widespread protests throughout Israel, with demonstrators calling on the government to crack down on violence against women.

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