Parents and Uncle of Slain Israeli Teen Arrested on Suspicion of Murder

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Henriette Karra.
Henriette Karra.

The parents and uncle of Henriette Karra, 18, who was killed in Ramle on Tuesday, have been arrested on suspicion of murdering the girl.

The three were arrested Tuesday, and on Wednesday the father and uncle were ordered detained for six days while the mother was put under house arrest for five days.

Their remand hearing was held in absentia, because the father and uncle are in hospital and the mother is also ill.

Karra’s mother, Aliham, is suspected of premeditated killing and conspiring to commit a crime. The father, Sami, and the uncle, Gavra Karra, are suspected of the same crimes. In addition, they are also suspected of being accessories after the fact.

Karra, 18, from an Arab Christian family, was found dead on Tuesday in the kitchen of her home with stab wounds to the neck. Last week, her parents were questioned by police after she filed a complaint against them, saying her mother had thrown a pot at her head because she objected to her seeing a Muslim boy.

The girl later told police she did not feel threatened and did not need further assistance. She said the same to the welfare authorities who contacted her, and refused their offer to move her out of her home temporarily.

The victim was a relative of Supreme Court Justice George Karra, who was sworn in to his new position on the day of the murder.

A family acquaintance told Haaretz that Henriette Karra was an only daughter who lived with her mother in Ramle’s Old City and attended a Jewish school.

“Her mother worked at odd jobs and tried to give her everything and keep her away from anything negative, but her life wasn’t easy and she was apparently a victim of all this complexity. She was a happy teenager who ended her life in such a tragic way,” the woman said.

MK Aida Touma-Suliman (Joint List), who chairs the Knesset Committee on the Status of Women, said Tuesday, “Over the last week we have witnessed additional horrifying murders; apparently women’s lives are cheap in this country. Instead of the murders leading to the formulation of an emergency plan, [the authorities] can’t seem to free the system from its apathy.”

She added, “I am calling for an emergency meeting of the ministerial committee for the prevention of violence against women, and for the immediate adoption of the plan drawn up six months ago in addition to taking emergency steps to stop this ongoing injustice.”

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