Police are considering the possibility that the brutal slaying of a prominent
Christian community figure in Jaffa on Friday was driven by a dispute over real
estate.RELATED:6 arrested in stabbing of top Christian figure
Four members of a Christian-Arab family remain in police custody
over the stabbing murder of Gabriel Cadis, 61, who was chairman of the Jaffa
Orthodox Church Association.
The attacker, disguised as Santa Claus,
stabbed Cadis during a procession to mark the Orthodox Christmas, before
The murder has stunned members of the Christian community of
The suspects are all members of the Abu Maneh family.
suspects have been in a past dispute with the murder victim,” a police source
said on Sunday. “The possibility of a financially motivated crime is being
The Walla Internet news agency said the Abu Maneh family and
the Church Association had been involved in a prolonged legal dispute
surrounding real estate ownership.
One of the suspects, Talal Abu Maneh,
ran for the position of chairman of the Jaffa Orthodox Church Association twice,
and lost to Cadis on each occasion, the report added.
The last round of
elections took place last month.