Netanya Murder 311.
(photo credit: Channel 10)
An emergency Committee for Children's Rights meeting
convened in Knesset on Monday in the wake of the murder of three children, allegedly at the hands of their father Itai Ben-Dror in Netanya on Saturday.
Attended by Dr. Yitzah
Kadman, child welfare expert and executive director of the National
Council for the Child, the committee members were presented with data
showing that 40 children have been murdered by their parents in the last
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Kadman also reported that his
organization had received many calls from
concerned parents in the wake of the tragedy, whose children had been
adversely affected and frightened by the news.
Likud MK Danny Danon, who chairs the Committee for Children's Rights, raised the issue
of whether parents should attempt to hide such instances from their
children or somehow try to explain it to them. Kadman responded, "We can
not hide information from children. They go online, listen to the radio,
watch television, read." He explained that parents should do everything
possible to reassure and comfort their children.
Additionally, discussion in the meeting stressed the importance of good
communication between child welfare services, psychiatric services and
the police in helping to prevent cases such as this occurring.
The meeting was held hours after Ben-Dror returned to his apartment in Netanya to re-enact the murder of his three children for police investigators, surrounded by six detectives to prevent area residents from harming him as he returned to the scene of the crime.
Police representatives said that during his interrogation Ben-Dror told investigators, "I murdered the kids so that they would have some peace and quiet from their mother. Today they are in heaven waiting for me."
On Sunday. the Ramle Magistrate’s Court extended Ben-Dror's remand by 10 days.
Ben-Dror was arrested at his Netanya home on Saturday morning after
rescue personnel found his children – Omer, 10; Roni, 8; and Or, 5 –
stabbed to death underneath a blanket on his blood-soaked mattress. Ben-
Dror was found nearby with his wrists slit from a botched suicide
Ben Hartman contributed to this report