Brother Stabs Sisters to Death at Home in Jaffa

Brother says the two had 'annoyed' him. A day earlier, two women were found dead in Tiberias in a suspected murder-suicide. Both families were known to social services

Police at the apartment in Jaffa, Thursday, May 17
Tomer Appelbaum

Two sisters in their twenties were stabbed to death, apparently as they slept in their beds, in their Jaffa home early Thursday morning, less than 24 hours after a mother and daughter in Tiberias died of knife wounds in a suspected murder-suicide.

Police arrested their 23-year-old brother, who confessed to the crime. The brother, who lived with them and was under psychiatric care, called the police at 5:00 A.M. to say that he had stabbed the two women.They were found in their beds with their throats slit.

After his arrest, the brother told police that he had acted because the sisters had "annoyed him." Police believe the women were killed in their sleep.

The three siblings lived with 10 other members of their family in a small, cramped apartment in the Tel Aviv suburb of Jaffa. They were known to social welfare authorities for various problems.

Police had been summoned to the apartment several times in the past in response to complaints from neighbors. One neighbor told Haaretz "You could often hear them shrieking – there were many arguments and there was always shouting."

A police source said that the brother had fought with the two sisters earlier that night.  

On Wednesday, medics found a 52-year-old woman and her 22-year-old daughter critically wounded after being stabbed in their Tiberias apartment. The two women were declared dead shortly thereafter. It appeared that they had not been killed by a third party, suggesting a murder-suicide. 

The two women rented the apartment together a few months earlier. As in the Jaffa killings, the family was known to social services, and the daughter was under psychiatric care. 

Noa Shpigel contributed to this report.