search

Police say ‘terror’ behind murder of 84-year-old woman in Holon, suspect at large

Cops release photo of Palestinian Mousa Sarsour, ask for public’s help in locating him; Lapid: ‘Despicable terrorist attacked an elderly woman who couldn’t fight back’

Left: The scene of the murder of an 84-year-old woman in Holon, September 20, 2022. (Magen David Adom); Right: The suspect in the attack, named by police as Mousa Sarsour of Qalqilya (Israel Police)
Left: The scene of the murder of an 84-year-old woman in Holon, September 20, 2022. (Magen David Adom); Right: The suspect in the attack, named by police as Mousa Sarsour of Qalqilya (Israel Police)

An 84-year-old woman was killed on a street in the Tel Aviv suburb of Holon Tuesday evening, in what police described as “a terror attack,” as they sought the public’s help in finding the suspected killer.

The suspect was identified by authorities as Mousa Sarsour, a 28-year-old Palestinian from Qalqilya. Police issued a photo of Sarsour and asked for the public’s help in locating him.

“It was a suspect whose identity is known to us,” police chief Kobi Shabtai told reporters. “We are currently searching close by and further away to locate him.”

Anyone with knowledge of Sarsour’s whereabouts was asked to dial 100 and provide the information to police.

The woman was attacked with a blunt object to the head in the central city’s HaHashmonaim Street in broad daylight sometime before 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Police were called to the scene after a neighbor heard the woman’s screams, arriving to find her seriously wounded after being attacked.

Illustrative: Police at the scene of a crime in Holon, on December 21, 2015. (Moti Karelitz/Flash90)

In the following hours, officials said the Shin Bet, Israel’s internal security agency, was involved in the investigation amid growing suspicions that the woman was attacked for nationalistic reasons.

Reports said CCTV footage showed a man wearing dark clothes trailing the elderly woman as she walked toward her house, before attacking her from behind, striking multiple blows using a “heavy object” before fleeing the scene. Nothing was stolen from the woman.

The victim’s son-in-law told Channel 13: “We have no idea what happened, we are in shock. She was probably in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

Authorities  questioned a Palestinian worker as he left a construction site near the scene of the attack, Channel 12 news reported. It is unclear if the worker was connected to the incident.

The killing came less than two weeks after police said they thwarted a terror attack planned by a Palestinian man found in Jaffa carrying a gun and improvised explosives, with tensions running high in recent months.

Prime Minister Yair Lapid, in New York for the United Nations General Assembly, was updated on the attack and the search for the suspect.

“This is a shocking attack by a despicable and cowardly terrorist who murdered an elderly woman who could not fight back,” he said through a spokesperson.

read more:
Never miss breaking news on Israel
Get notifications to stay updated
You're subscribed