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Ori Ansbacher, murdered in the Jerusalem forest

Ori Ansbacher, 19, from the settlement of Tekoa in Gush Etzion, was murdered on Thursday in Jerusalem. Security forces and the police are searching for the suspect in the murder.

Her funeral took place Friday afternoon.

Ori Ansbacher’s funeral in the Jewish settlement of Tekoa, February 8, 2019.

Ori’s body was found in the evening, in a wooded area near Ein Yael in southwestern Jerusalem, next to the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo.

Details of the very brutal murder are under gag order. Prime Minister Netanyahu described the murder as “shocking brutality.”

As part of the investigation, security cameras in the area were checked and intelligence operations are being carried out.

Police search Ein Yael, Jerusalem. Feb. 8, 2019

Four men were arrested by police on Thursday, but they were later released without prejudice.

Ori volunteered in Israel’s Sherut Leumi (National Service).

Ori is the daughter of Rabbi Gadi Ansbacher, the rabbi of the yeshiva in Tekoa. She had four brothers and sisters. Her parents said that “Ori served at the youth treatment center in Ein Yael, Jerusalem. She was a holy soul in search of meaning and sensitive to every person and creature, with an infinite desire to fix the world with her goodness.”


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