Mistaken identity may have led to moshav murder

Police learn Sharon resident Ezra Siri lived next door to man who had become target of organized crime family.

June 10, 2008 00:19
1 minute read.
Mistaken identity may have led to moshav murder

police 224.88. (photo credit: Israel Police)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


Police investigating the murder of Sharon resident Ezra Siri could have a dramatic new lead in the case, after learning that Siri lived next door to a man who had become the target of an organized crime family. Detectives now believe a case of mistaken identity could have led to the homicide. On May 27, Siri, 52, was stabbed to death by unknown assailants outside his home in Moshav Geulim. At first, police believed Siri was murdered by foreign workers, due to testimony by Siri's wife, who said she heard him cry out the words, "Chinese, Chinese," before succumbing to his wounds. In recent days however, police learned that one of Siri's neighbors had fallen out with one of the most powerful crime families in Israel. Some weeks ago, the man's car was torched as a warning from the family. Police are now checking a theory according to which on the day of the murder, three men were sent by the crime family to kill Siri's neighbor. With one man remaining behind to act as the "getaway" driver, two men approached their target, who was chatting with Siri in the latter's yard. The assassins allegedly misidentified Siri, confusing him with his neighbor. The neighbor has been repeatedly questioned by police as detectives examine the fresh lead. The murder victim's nine-year-old daughter witnessed the slaying through a window. She told police she saw two men wearing woolly hats stab her father, leading police to doubt whether Siri was able to identify his attackers. Detectives also believe Siri's wife may have misunderstood her husband's words. Siri is survived by his wife, five children, and a grandchild.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Jisr az-Zarq
April 3, 2014
Residents of Jisr az-Zarqa beckon Israel Trail hikers to enjoy their town


Cookie Settings