Israeli Woman Imprisoned for Aiding Murder of Abusive Partner Released After 22 Years

After years of extreme physical and emotional abuse, Simona Mori gave her lover a knife, with which he stabbed her partner to death

Supporters of Simona Mori demonstrate outside her hearing at the Ramle Magistrate's Court, September 25, 2019.
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Simona Mori, who has served 22 out of 28 years in prison for involvement in the murder of her abusive partner, was released on Wednesday. 

The state prosecutor, police, prison service and rehabilitation authorities all supported her release ahead of a case hearing by the parole board.

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Mori was sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of being an accessory to the 1996 murder of her partner. Mori was 15 when they met and suffered years of extreme physical and emotional abuse that included his using her as a human dart board. At one point, a restraining order was issued against him, but he violated it. In the end, Mori gave her lover, a man named John Valencia, a knife, and he stabbed the man 14 times in her presence. Valencia is also serving a life sentence for the murder.

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"My message is to go complain, not do what I did. I'm not sure if it will help them. Women go on and on to be murdered and there is a lot to do," Mori said after being released. 

Sapir Sluzker-Amran, a leader of the campaign to free female victims of domestic abuse and the director of the Public Hotline Department at the Association for Civil Rights in Israel launched a social-media campaign in support of Mori’s parole a few weeks ago. Hundreds of people attended a protest outside the parole hearing Wednesday in the Ramla Magistrate’s Court.

In June, Dalal Daoud was paroled after serving 18 out of a 25 year sentence for the murder of her abusive husband.