Israeli Woman Killed in North Is Sixth Victim of Violence in Arab Community This Month

A 28-year-old woman was found stabbed to death in northern Israel. Police arrest her husband after he allegedly called to report he has killed her

A police car at the site of a murder in the Israeli Arab town of Maghar last year.
A police car at the site of a murder in the Israeli Arab town of Maghar last year.Credit: Fadi Amun

An Israeli-Arab woman was found dead with multiple stabbing wounds in the country's north on Friday, raising the death toll of violence victims in the Arab community to six since the beginning of 2022.

Paramedics pronounced Rasmia Barbur, 28, dead after her husband called the police, telling them he had killed his wife. The husband, 30-year-old Mohammad Arslan, was arrested in their apartment in the city of Nof Hagalil and remanded on Friday for ten more days. The court also ordered he undergoes a psychiatric examination. Police have opened an investigation into the case.

Murder victim Rasmia Barbur

The couple reportedly has a three-year-old son. According to the police, the man had no criminal record, and welfare services said that no domestic violence complaints have been filed. Barbur was a clerk at the health ministry and her husband worked for Tnuva.

Mahmoud Qilani, a relative of Rasmia Barbur, told Haaretz that she felt threatened recently, and that she had told him her husband behaved strangely.

Barbur is the sixth victim of violence in the Arab community since the beginning of the year, and the first to be killed by a family member. In 2021, 126 Israeli-Arab citizens were murdered, 16 of them were women, 105 were men and five were minors. In 2021, police have helped solve only 23 percent of the murders in the Arab Israeli community this year, compared with 71 percent for the Jewish community.

Last week, Mohammed Khamis Amash, 34, a husband and father of five with no criminal background, was found outside his apartment in the town of Jisr al-Zarqa in critical condition. He was later pronounced dead at Hillel Yaffeh Medical Center in Hadera. His death marked the fifth violence fatality in the country's Arab community this month.

A 16-year-old boy, also from Jisr al-Zarqa, was arrested on Sunday morning on suspicion of murdering Amash.

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