police car 311.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
The husband of a woman who police say was shot dead in an execution-style
slaying in Lod on Tuesday night was arrested as the main suspect
Khaled Abu Zaaluk was brought to the Ramle Magistrate’s Court
for a remand hearing o Wednesday morning.
His custody was extended until
Khaled’s brother, Muhammad Abu Zaaluk, was also arrested
and kept in custody on suspicion of being linked to the shooting, as the
Yasmin Abu Zaaluk’s body was found with bullet
wounds in a field in Lod on Tuesday night. The slaying is the third brutal
killing of a woman in the city since October, in what police suspect are “family
Yasmin had been under threat for some time. A police
spokeswoman said she went missing a year ago, leading to a large scale search
involving hundreds of officers. She was found, and urged by police to move to a
shelter for abused women for her own protection.
But community notables
in Lod told Yasmin to return to her husband, assuring her that the threat had
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Several months later, Yasmin was shot at by an unknown gunman
while she stood with another woman near her home. Police arrested her
husband, and urged her once more to move to safe location.
occasion as well, Yasmin was given assurances by community notables that she was
safe, and she therefore refused to cooperate with investigators, police
“We closed the case,” the spokeswoman added.
“We urge women
in general, and women within the Arab community specifically, to cooperate with
police for their safety,” the spokeswoman said.
Attorney Reda Jaber is
the coordinator of Arab Society – Police Relations Initiative, a project of the
Jerusalem-based Abraham Fund.
Jaber said the slaying has led to double
crisis of confidence in Lod.
“Everything begins with creating
confidence,” he said.
“Police must go beyond issuing warnings. If there
was a chance to protect her, if there is intelligence on threats to her, she
should have been given active protection.
“At the same time, she was
given promises by notables that she would be safe, that nothing bad would happen
to her. And yet she was murdered.
This is despicable, and unprecedented
in Arab society,” Jaber said.
“It sounds very bad for police to say, we
warned you. The warnings are based on information, and information can be acted
on,” he added. “But that doesn’t mean that the community in Lod should not
denunciate this shocking, senseless murder.
“Harm has been done to
confidence within Arab society as well, he said. “Harm has been inflicted on the
confidence of Arab women in Arab society. A woman who receives promises that
things will be taken care of, and she is then murdered, is a signal to other
women about the lack of credibility in the community.”
The killing is a
call of action for both police, which should initiate active protection of women
under threat, and to Arab society, which should take steps to prevent similar
killings, Jaber said.
On Thursday, Public Security Minister Yitzhak
Aharonovitch, who has condemned the culture of “honor killings” last year
following previous murders in Lod, will launch a municipal policing program in
The project will see municipal security personnel being given police
training and increased powers, such as arrest, in order to multiply the number
of police on the ground.
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