Dead Palestinian's Widower Says Wasn't Notified of Arrest of Jewish Suspects

'No one has updated me, it's difficult for me to assess what it means in terms of the legal procedure,' husband of Aisha Mohammed Rabi, murdered by stone-throwing in the West Bank, tells Haaretz

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File photo: Yacoub Rabi during the funeral of his wife in Biddya, the West Bank, October 13, 2018.
File photo: Yacoub Rabi during the funeral of his wife in Biddya, the West Bank, October 13, 2018.
Jack Khoury
Jack Khoury

The husband of Aisha Mohammed Rabi, a Palestinian woman murdered in October when stones were thrown at the family's vehicle on a West Bank road and hit her head, told Haaretz on Sunday he hadn't been notified of the arrest of five Jewish minors suspected of involvement in the case.

"No one has updated me on what's happening or on any developments," said Yacoub Rabi, adding he had only heard of the arrest when it was made public earlier on Sunday, via media. "It's difficult for me to assess what it means in terms of the legal procedure and whether the murderers would get the punishment they deserve."

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He said no punishment would bring back his dead wife, but claimed that it may serve to deter others from committing similar crimes.

"We've been together for 32 years, and in a single moment it was all ruined," he added. "I don't wish anyone to go through this nightmare."

Aisha Mohammed Rabi (left); her funeral in Biddya, Oct. 13, 2018. Credit: AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed

The couple was driving with their eight-year-old daughter near the Tapuach checkpoint, south of Nablus, when stones thrown from a nearby hill hit Aisha. Yacoub was lightly wounded in the incident.

"From the first moment I knew these were settlers," Yacoub said. "In this area and at the point they were throwing stones from there's no chance there'd be any Palestinians, and I've heard them speak Hebrew."

The five suspects were arrested in recent days, the Shin Bet said earlier on Sunday, and their remand has been extended until Thursday.

Three of them, arrested in late December, were only allowed to meet their lawyers for the first time on Saturday. The lawyers said the suspects denied involvement in the case. The two others were arrested on Saturday and have yet to consult with lawyers.

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