Woman Ambushed and Shot Dead Outside Her Home in the Northern Israeli Town of Tira

Zubeida Mansour was the third victim of murder this year in the northern Israeli town, adding to residents’ fury over what they term the police’s failure to deal with crime in the city

The funeral of 18-year-old Zubeida Mansour in Tira, Israel, May 10, 2018
\ Ilan Assayag

An 18-year-old woman was shot to death early Thursday morning outside her home in Tira.

Police said the shooter apparently waited for Zubeida Mansour and shot her when she entered the yard at around 1 A.M. before fleeing the scene. No arrests have been made.

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Mansour lived with her four siblings. Their parents died a year ago. Local residents said she had a job and wasn’t known to have quarreled with or been threatened by anyone.

Mansour was taken to Meir Hospital in Kfar Sava, where she was declared dead on arrival. Her body was sent to the Institute of Forensic Medicine in Abu Kabir for an autopsy, and her funeral was to take place in Tira Thursday afternoon.

Police are pursuing several lines of inquiry and have questioned several people who knew her. A court imposed a gag order on details of the case.

Mansour’s death added to Tira residents’ fury over what they term the police’s failure to deal with crime in the city. She was the third person killed in Tira since the start of the year, but the first women. Karim Sultan, 21, was killed in March; Qusay Sultan, 40, was murdered in January. No arrests have been made in the incidents, which police are investigating.

“We no longer have any strength to be alone in the war against illegal weapons in the community,” said Samar Samara, a social activist from Tira who blamed both the police and local actors. “Arab society is degenerating, and we’re all to blame for this — parents, the leadership, clerics.

“It’s easier to get a gun in Tira than it is to get a popsicle,” she continued. “Today, a 12-year-old boy can buy a gun with no problem and his parents turn a blind eye. Where are the religious leaders? Why aren’t the mosques raising an outcry and fighting against guns in the streets? Just two weeks ago, a man of 21 was killed here, and today, a girl of 18. Who should I ask to protect us?”

Samara, who heads the employment and women’s rights department at the Na’amat women’s organization, said Mansour’s murder shouldn’t be treated as a “family honor” murder.

“Anyone who murders has no honor,” she said. “What has she done in her life that she deserves to end it with a bullet? Who decided for her what is or isn’t proper in Arab society?”

She also urged Jews, “whose voice is stronger than ours,” to “come to the funeral and fight with us. We’re one society and if there are weapons in Tira, they will also reach Kfar Sava and Kochav Ya’ir.”