A woman dies from a window in Haifa; ex-husband and landlord arrested
A 45-year-old woman died Tuesday from the window of an apartment building in Haifa, and two men – her ex-husband, 44, and her landlord, 46 – were arrested on suspicion of involvement in her death , police said. .
The woman was found dead in the street, triggering a police investigation which quickly led to the arrest of the two men.
The two men are suspected of forcible confinement of the woman, causing her death and conspiring to commit a crime, police said on Wednesday, adding that the owner was also suspected of using a property for purposes of prostitution.
During a hearing at the Haifa Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday morning, police requested that the landlord be remanded in custody for eight days and the ex-husband be remanded in custody for 10 days.
Separately, police on Wednesday arrested a woman suspected of involvement in the murder of her 68-year-old mother in Herzliya. The victim’s husband had already been arrested shortly after Tuesday’s murder.
The victim’s 70-year-old husband confessed to the homicide, saying he stabbed his wife to death with a kitchen knife.
Activists have long complained that not enough is being done to prevent domestic violence in Israel.
A study by the Israel Femicide Observatory, based at the Hebrew University, looking at the first half of 2022, found a 71% increase in femicides compared to the same period last year – 12 deaths compared to seven.
In July, Prime Minister Yair Lapid addressed the scourge of violence against women, saying it was “a stain on the country and it cannot continue”.
The Department of Social Welfare runs a 24-hour hotline for women at risk of domestic violence. Members of the public who fear a woman is in danger can also call the helpline, which offers services in Hebrew, Russian Arabic and Amharic on 077-9208560.