Woman Stabbed to Death in Israel as Arab Community Marks 111 Violence Victims This Year

Police suspect that the 55-year-old woman was a victim of domestic violence

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Aisha Abadi, the 111 mureder victim in the Arab sector this year
Aisha Abadi, the 111 mureder victim in the Arab sector this yearCredit: Abadi's Family
Adi Hashmonai

A 55-year-old woman was stabbed to death on Sunday in north Israel, as the death toll of from violence in the Arab community reached 111 victims.

According to Magen David Adom emergency service, paramedics arrived to the home of Ayesha Abadi in the Arab town of Jadeidi-Makr and found her in critical condition with stabbing wounds, she was later pronounced dead.

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Police has opened an investigation and detained her husband on suspicion of involvement in the suspected murder. A preliminary investigation pointed to domestic violence.

On Monday, the Acre Magistrate's Court extended the husband's detention by eight days. The judge sent the suspect to a psychiatric ward until the end of the month, during which he will be examined to see if he is fit to stand trial.

Neighbors said that they heard screams coming from the couple's home. When emergency services arrived at the scene, the door was wide open and the woman was found stabbed.

According to the Abraham Initiatives NGO, 14 women were murdered in the Arab community this year alone. Since the beginning of the year 111 Arabs were killed in Israel, 53 of them were under the age of 30.

Last month the government discussed an amendment, proposed by Justice Minister Gideon Sa’ar, which would give police the right to conduct a warrantless search upon reasonable suspicion that an object connected to a serious crime – including weapons and protection charges – is present. 

“We’re at war,” Sa’ar said during the meeting. “We must give the police and law enforcement authorities better tools to accomplish their missions." 

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