Slain Israeli Woman’s Brothers Arrested, Police Allege Honor Killing

Police say Nisreen Jabara was shot dead because of a romantic relationship, while lawyer suggests investigators simply latched onto easiest explanation

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Law enforcement at the scene of Nisreen Jabara's murder, March 1, 2020.
Law enforcement at the scene of Nisreen Jabara's murder, March 1, 2020.Credit:

Two brothers from the largely Arab town of Taibeh were arrested on Sunday on suspicion of murdering their sister, 36-year-old mother of five Nisreen Jabara, in March.

Police believe the brothers, aged 21 and 30, murdered her because of a romantic relationship she was in. The Petah Tikva Magistrate’s Court extended their remand until June 14.

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The investigation revealed that Jabara was shot from close range, inside a car. Police believe that the perpetrator opened the car door and shot inside while she was picking up her co-worker. Police have also concluded that Jabara was the intended target and that the killer had been following her.

Attorney Amir Navon, who represents one of the suspects, said in court: “It is easiest to get caught up in the idea of two brothers and a family committing a honor killing when an investigator investigates such a case in Arab society. They concluded that they were the only suspects.”

The attorney for the other suspect, Attorney Rami Shabbu, said: “The court sees the evidence in the case. The case has been ongoing for three months; if there really were charges they would have already been raised. My suspect was already questioned about the incident and gave his version [of events]. I don’t understand what the police are expecting to do now.”