Two Israeli Women Found Dead Within Hours, Partners Suspected of Murder

One woman appeared to have suffered blunt force trauma to the head and another appeared to have been stabbed to death

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The apartment building in Be'er Sheva where a woman was found dead in her home, October 19, 2020.
The apartment building in Be'er Sheva where a woman was found dead in her home, October 19, 2020.Credit: Eliyahu Hershkovitz

Two women were found dead within hours in Israel on Monday, and in both cases their partners are suspected of having murdered them.

In the first case, a resident of the southern Israeli city of Be'er Sheva is suspected of murdering a 67-year-old woman, his partner, at their home.

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Police later located the man on the roof of the building, suspecting that he was trying to commit suicide. After he came down from the roof and received care, police became suspicious that he had harmed his partner. They found the woman dead in the apartment.

Medics who treated the woman say it appears she was hit in the head with a blunt object. They found no stab or gunshot wounds. The authorities are not aware of a history of domestic violence between the couple.

The scene of the suspected femicide in Haifa, October 19, 2020.

One of the neighbors said he had stayed home all day. “I didn’t hear anything. Yesterday I saw [the suspect] in the stairwell, I saw that he didn’t feel well, that he was disconnected from reality. He appeared to be medicated.

Najah Masoor

Earlier on Monday, Najah Mansoor, a 35-year-old woman, was stabbed to death in her home in the Kiryat Haim neighborhood of Haifa. Police arrested a 28-year-old man, the woman’s partner, on suspicion of murder. In a statement issued by the police, they said that officers had approached the man on the street because he was not wearing a mask, and then realized that he was connected to the victim.

Mansoor has four children who live in the north. Sources familiar with the details said that her previous partner is currently imprisoned for committing acts of violence against her. Her current partner, the suspect in her murder, is originally from the northern town of Jadeidi-Makr, and she herself hailed from Kaukab Abu al-Hija.

A first responder team had been called to the apartment after receiving a report about an unconscious woman there. When they arrived, they found her without any signs of life and pronounced her dead.

A neighbor told Haaretz that he had heard screaming coming from the apartment in the middle of the night Sunday, but that the screams had stopped.

According to official data from the Social Affairs Ministry published earlier this month in Haaretz, the number of domestic violence reports has skyrocketed since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. From March through September of this year, the domestic violence hotline received 6,615 calls, compared to 2,286 reports in the same months last year – reflecting an almost three-fold increase. In September alone, the hotline received 627 reports of domestic violence, up from 235 in September 2019.

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