Title: Rosenstein indicted for killing three

Imprisoned underworld kingpin charged with murder, 2 counts of manslaughter of criminal rivals in 2001.

January 19, 2010 21:09
1 minute read.
rosenstein stands up in court 298

rosenstein stands court . (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)


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 analyses 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 uxperience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew, Ivrit
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Repor
  • 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

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

Underworld kingpin Ze'ev Rosenstein was charged with one count of murder and two counts of manslaughter on Tuesday, over the killings of three criminal rivals as they sat on the beach in Tiberias in 2001.

Rosenstein, who is currently serving a 12-year sentence in Ayalon Prison in Ramle for an American conviction on Ecstasy trafficking, was initially linked to the three murders by a suspect arrested during a massive police raid on a cocaine smuggling ring this past September.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.

The suspect, one of 26 people arrested during September's raid, turned state's witness, and told police Rosenstein had ordered the murders of underworld figures Rafi Weitzman, David Ben-Mergi and Sharon Musawi, in revenge for an alleged attempt to have Rosenstein killed in 1996. The three men were shot dead from close range as they sat on the beach.

Rosenstein was arrested at first in late September, but police struggled to assemble enough evidence based on the state witness's testimony. In recent days, however, the Central Police District's Central Unit succeeded in recruiting a second state witness, a man said to belong to the criminal underworld, who also linked Rosenstein to the murders.

If convicted, Rosenstein, who was born in 1954, is expected to remain behind bars for the rest of his life.

Related Content

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