A 38-year-old woman was murdered on Monday outside of the beauty salon which she owns in Tira, an Arab-majority city in northern Israel. Her husband, who has a history of violence directed at her, is not a suspect. Sura Mansour was shot five times from close range by a masked assailant who fled the scene immediately.EMTs who were called to the scene found the woman unconscious and were forced to declare the woman's death shortly thereafter.
About a month ago, Mansour's car was set on fire and shots were fired towards her home in what police speculate were attempted threats to her life, Haaretz reported.
Mansour had previously filed complaints against her husband for violence against her and he was sent to jail as a result, but was later released, according to Haaretz.However, a police source told Haaretz that the husband is not the main suspect in the shooting and that his business had been burned down recently as well.Haaretz reported that police currently estimate that the motive for the shooting was a feud regarding the extended families. According to the Abraham Initiatives non-profit organization, since the beginning of the year, 32 people have been murdered in Arab society, 26 of whom were Israeli citizens and six residents who do not hold Israeli citizenship. Of those, 20 were 30 years old and under, and in 27 cases the murder involved the use of a firearm.Since the beginning of 2020, four women have been murdered by their spouses in Israel. The number of murders due to domestic violence have risen exponentially in Israel and throughout the world alongside the coronavirus pandemic.Violence against Arab women is especially high when compared to other sectors of Israeli society. According to feminist NGO Kayan, between 2015 and 2020, 65 Arab women were murdered - totalling around 43% of all murders of women in Israel during those years.