Woman found dead in Rehovot, husband arrested

Social services said that husband was not known to them for any violence toward his wife in the past.

 Israel Police. (photo credit: PEXELS)
Israel Police.
(photo credit: PEXELS)

A woman in her 70s was found dead in her apartment in Rehovot early on Wednesday morning, according to an Israel Police spokesperson.

The woman's husband was arrested after police arrived on the scene and gathered evidence.

The husband's lawyer Abed Abu Amer said in a statement that the man is "an 88-year-old Holocaust survivor who isn't in good health and denies the accusations."

Abu Amer added that people should remember that the investigation has only just begun and findings at the scene will shed more light on what happened.

Husband has no known history of violence

The husband was not known to social services for violence toward his wife in the past.

MDA ambulance (illustrative) (credit: Yanir Yagana)MDA ambulance (illustrative) (credit: Yanir Yagana)

If the woman was murdered by her husband, this would bring the number of cases of femicide since the beginning of the year to nine.

"That's how it is when we women are not in the priority order of a right-wing government," MK Aida Touma-Sliman said in response to the incident on Wednesday.

"This is how it is when there is a minister who is responsible for our security but treats our complaints about violence as false. This is how it is when a tenth woman is murdered and the members of the coalition have the audacity to vote against the electronic handcuff law. The time has come to immediately demand the continuous application of the electronic handcuffing law that I passed in the first reading in the previous term, as well as to start implementing the law for the treatment of violent men that I passed and to allocate budgets for the fight against violence against women," Touma-Sliman added.

This is a developing story.