Killing of Maysir Othman in Haifa appears to be latest incident of domestic murder blighting Israel
A young mother of four was shot dead Wednesday in her home in the northern city of Haifa, with at least two of her children present.
The death of Maysir Othman, 27, is the latest incident of violence plaguing Israel’s Arab community – particularly patriarchal violence, which while not unique to this demographic is disproportionately high compared to other sectors of Israeli society.
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Paramedics responding to reports from Othman’s neighbors of shots fired declared her dead at the scene. Police opened an investigation and are pursuing Othman’s ex-husband as a suspect, Channel 12 reported.
Othman had not previously made any complaints of domestic violence regarding either her ex-husband or current partner, police told the TV channel.
In a separate incident, an east Jerusalem resident Falach Keisi, 34, was charged Wednesday with the murder of his sister, Goumana Keisi, 35.
Keisi allegedly told police that he killed his sister in May because he disapproved of her lifestyle in the southern city of Eilat, The Times of Israel (ToI) reported.
Goumana Keisi was involved in a child custody dispute with her ex-husband, who was present in the house at the time of her death, Kan reported.
After handing himself in to police, Falach Keisi initially told officers that he killed his sister to preserve his family’s honor, Kan reported.
A state comptroller report released Wednesday noted that across Israel there was an 800% increase in recorded domestic violence in May 2020 when compared to the same month, the previous year, ToI reported.
Globally, incidents of domestic violence skyrocketed during COVID-19 lockdowns.