Two Israeli Arab Women From Jaffa Murdered in Three Days; Relatives Suspected

Man suspected of stabbing 37-year-old sister arrested after police chase; on Sunday, a 44-year-old woman was found dead in a car, police suspect husband.

Police at the scene of the fatal stabbing in Jaffa on October 25 2016.
Motti Milrod

A Jaffa man was detained by police last night in connection with the stabbing death of his sister earlier in the day. This was the second suspected killing of a Jaffa woman by a relative in the past three days.

The sister, a 37-year-old mother of four, was stabbed to death in front of family members in Jaffa. Police said that the suspect fled the scene after stabbing his sister.

Magen David Adom paramedics who were called to the scene at around 7:15 P.M. declared the woman dead.

In a separate case, Jaffa resident Hawida Shawa, 44, was found dead in a car on Sunday near Barkan in the northern West Bank. There were signs of violence on the body.

Details of the case are under a seven-day gag order, requested by the police, who reported over the Simhat Torah holiday that they had made significant progress in the investigation.

Shawa’s husband, Nasser, who was found lightly wounded at the scene, is said to be a suspect in the killing. The police would only say that the killing was “criminal.”

Shawa’s family, however, said relations between the couple were good. “They had a smooth life, there was nothing unusual everything between them was fine,” said Hawida’s brother, Mohammed. “They had a warm relationship; he gave her anything she wanted. There was no fight that I know of. They would go abroad every few months, it was a good life.”

With regard to the gag order, Mohammed said, “I don’t know what the police are looking for. They said they couldn’t tell us anything.” The family said the suspect had his detention extended during the holiday for four days.