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Ori Ansbacher, murdered in the Jerusalem forest

The Shin Bet intelligence agency on Saturday night named the suspected killer of 19-year-old Ori Ansbacher, z’l as Palestinian Authority citizen Arafat Afariah, a 29-year-old resident of Hebron.

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Afariah was arrested on Saturday by Israel Police special forces outside a mosque in Al Bireh, near Ramallah.

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According to the statement issued by the Shin Bet, on Thursday morning (February 7) Afariah “left his home in Hebron with a knife and made his way to the village of Beit Jala. Arafat walked towards the [Jerusalem] forest, where he noticed Ori, attacked and murdered her.”

The remainder of the investigation remains under a gag order.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulated the Shin Bet security services and the Israel Police “that within a few hours captured the abominable murderer who murdered Ori Ansbacher. Israel’s long arm reaches anyone who harms us and we will settle accounts with them,” Netanyahu said in a statement on Saturday night.

“In my name and on behalf of the people of Israel, I wish to express my condolences to the Ansbacher family and to strengthen them with their great grief,” the prime minister said.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.