Young Israeli Man Charged With Lethal Stabbing at Party Over Money

Indictment says victim, 24, hit accused in head with bottle, then accused, 21, pulled knife and killed him during Haifa party

Illustration: A man under arrest.
Olivier Fitoussi

A 21-year-old man has been indicted for stabbing another man to death during a party in the Elyakim forest in northern Israel in June.

Manslaughter charges were filed against Tiran Zazan of the Haifa suburb of Kiryat Ata, who allegedly stabbed the victim, Moshe Ashkenazi, 24, of Migdal Haemek in a quarrel over money that Mizrahi owed Zazan.

According to the indictment filed in Haifa District Court, the two men knew each other, and a few weeks earlier had begun to quarrel over money. Zazan allegedly threatened Ashkenazi on various occasions that he would hurt him if he didn’t repay the debt.

The indictment states that the two ran into each other at the party, and Zazan asked Ashkenazi about the money. When Ashkenazi said he wouldn’t give it to Zazan, the latter said he would not leave without it. At some point Zazan and a friend, who is a minor, moved away from Ashkenazi and began talking to each other. The indictment says Ashkenazi then ran over to the two and hit Zazan over the head with a glass bottle. Zazan was unhurt, and he and Ashkenazi began to scuffle. Zazan then allegedly pulled a knife with a blade 10 to 12 centimeters long and stabbed Ashkenazi in the stomach. Ashkenazi died before reaching the hospital.

In addition to manslaughter, Zazan is facing charges of causing grievous bodily harm and possession of a knife. His attorney, Tzion Shimon, said the case was clearly one of self-defense, maintaining that Zazan had been attacked by four men simultaneously. The minor who was with Zazan is being charged with causing grievous bodily harm and illegal possession of knife, and an arrest warrant has been issued against him.