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US envoy condemns killing of Arab Israeli anti-violence activist

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US correspondent based in New York

Johara Khnifes (Courtesy)
Johara Khnifes (Courtesy)

US Ambassador to Israel Tom Nides condemns the killing of an activist against violence in Arab communities.

“Last night, Israel lost a shining gem in the community — Jawhara Khniefes [sic], a young woman from Shafaamer courageous enough to combat violence against women,” Nides tweets, revealing that the victim had participated in a State Department domestic violence training program.

“May her cowardly murder strengthen us all to redouble efforts so that all women can live in peace and safety,” Nides adds.

Johara Khnifes, 28, was killed in a car bombing last night. Her father is the deputy mayor of the northern Arab town of Shfaram.

According to Hebrew-language reports today, police are investigating whether a relative of Khnifes may have been involved in the attack.

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