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.”