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Israel police arrest parents, uncle of murdered Christian Arab woman

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Henrietta Kara previously went to police to complain her mother had attacked her for dating Muslim man

The parents and uncle of a Christian Arab woman killed on Tuesday in the central Israel town of Ramle, have been arrested on suspicion of murder.

A court has extended the detention of the father and uncle and released the mother to house arrest, but their attorney, Shukri Abu Tabik, said that his clients denied any connection to the murder.

Henrietta Kara, 18, was found dead in her home the day after her high school graduation. She had stab wounds to the neck.

Previously her parents had been questioned by police after she filed a complaint against them and asked if she could live with a relative instead. Israeli daily Haaretz reports that her mother had thrown a pot at her head because she objected to her dating a Muslim man.

The police have denied that they were negligent in Kara's case, saying that "immediately after receiving her complaint, her parents were interrogated under caution. Throughout her interrogation, the deceased did not claim that she was threatened and did not feel her life was in danger. Welfare officials were updated immediately as is customary in events involving minors."

Aida Touma-Sliman from the Arab Joint List party and chair of the Knesset Committee on the Status of Women and Gender Equality, decried the situation, saying that “apparently women’s lives are cheap in this country,” Haaretz reports.

"Instead of the murders leading to the formulation of an emergency plan, [the authorities] can’t seem to free the system from its apathy.”

She continued, “I am calling for an emergency meeting of the ministerial committee for the prevention of violence against women, and for the immediate adoption of the plan drawn up six months ago in addition to taking emergency steps to stop this ongoing injustice.”

In September 2014, an inter-ministerial committee was established to combat the problem of domestic violence in Israel. However, despite the government budgeting for the recommendations, they have yet to be implemented.

According to figures provided by police and various organizations, the number of Israeli Arab women murdered by spouses and male relatives in so-called “honor killings” outweighs their percentage in the population: whereas they account for some 16% of the country’s females, their part among those murdered is much higher, reaching 25% and even 33% some years.

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