Man Charged With Stabbing Wife to Death in Northern Israel

The couple’s children were at home at the time of the murder, and one of them wrestles the father, who had kept knives in various places around the house, indictment says

Police at the scene of the crime in Jadeidi-Makr on August 16, 2019.

A 48-year-old man was charged Thursday with stabbing his wife to death about a month ago in northern Israel, while the couple’s five children were at home.

On August 17, according to the charge sheet, Yassin Salah Yassin, of the town of Jadeidi-Makr, near Acre, stabbed his wife Amina Yassin-Farhat in the chest with a kitchen knife during an argument in their bedroom. Prosecutors say he kept knives in various places around the house; the couple had numerous arguments in the period leading up to the murder.

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Amina Yassin-Farhat.

He was charged with murder, threats and assault with bodily harm. 

35-year-old Yassin-Farhat managed to walk a few steps after being stabbed and shouted to the children who slept in the adjacent rooms before collapsing, the indictment says.

Her shouts woke up two of the children, aged 15 and 13, who called the police and their grandparents – Yassin’s parents. After the grandparents arrived at the house with Yassin’s sister, Yassin came out of the bedroom brandishing the 25-centimeter long knife with which he allegedly murdered his wife, and shouted at them to get out. Later, the charges say, he left the house and his son wrestled with him in an effort to extract the knife from his hand. A neighbor came and argued with Yassin, who attacked and injured him.

Eventually the two took the knife from Yassin, who returned to the house, only to come out with other knives and throw them at neighbors and family members. He then returned home and shut himself in a room until the police arrived, the indictment says.