Remand of Palestinian suspected of murdering Israeli teen extended - Whisper Eye

Remand of Palestinian suspected of murdering Israeli teen extended

The Palestinian man suspected of murdering 19 year-old Ori Ansbacher in the Ein Yael forest in Jerusalem last week had his detention extended by 10 days on Monday.

Arafat Irfaiya,from Hebron, was brought to the Jerusalem Magistrate’s court on Monday and was remanded on the charges of the murder and rape of Ansbacher whose body was found with multiple stab wounds in the forest on Thursday.

According to reports in Israeli press, the judge decided to hold the hearing behind closed doors but in photos released from the courtroom Irfaiya was seen wearing a brown prison uniform and with bruises and scabs on his forehead, nose and below his right eye.  He also seemed to smirk and roll his eyes before the cameras.

Israel’s Channel 2 News quoted a relative as saying that it is important to understand that there is a much bigger issue than just Ansbacher’s murder.

“It is important to leave our private story aside and understand that there is bigger business here than Ori and her criminal murderer,” Ansbacher’s uncle Boaz Bar Yuda said.

“It is important to understand that we are dealing with the war between the sons of light and the sons of darkness – we are good people, Ori was full of goodness, light and kindness. There are people here who are looking to do evil and the gap between her joy and her light compared to what this criminal murderer symbolizes that.

“We believe that the good will win, that its light will win – that good must prevail,” Ansbacher’s relative continued, adding that “everything must be done for them to understand that such wickedness has no place anywhere.”

On Sunday night Israel’s Shin Bet security agency said the attack was nationalistically motivated and that Irfaiya had confessed and reconstructed the murder in the woods at Ein Yael on the outskirts of Jerusalem.

The Shin Bet said that he “left his home in Hebron with a knife and made his way to the village of Beit Jala,” just south of Jerusalem and from there, he “walked to the forest, where he saw Ori, attacked and murdered her.”

Irfaiya was arrested in a joint operation by the Israel Defense Forces, the Shin Bet security service and the Israel Border Police’s YAMAM counter-terrorism unit in an abandoned building near the Jamal Abdel-Nasser Mosque in the el-Bireh area of Ramallah following intelligence received by security forces.