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Man arrested after telling police he killed his 60-year-old mother in Lod

30-year-old turns up at police station in central city to confess, directs them to home where body is found

Police officers at the scene of a suspected murder in Lod, on April 23, 2022. (Israel Police)
Police officers at the scene of a suspected murder in Lod, on April 23, 2022. (Israel Police)

A 30-year-old man was arrested Saturday morning over suspicions he killed his mother at her home in central Israel, police said.

The man showed up at a police station in Lod, and told officers he had murdered his 60-year-old mother. He directed them to the home, where her body was found.

“When we entered the apartment we saw the woman [was] unconscious. We performed medical tests but she was without vital signs, and we had no choice but to pronounce her death,” described Magen David Adom medic Fadi Hamdan.

The victim was not immediately named.

Police said officers collected evidence at the scene and were investigating the circumstances of the apparent murder.

Activists have long complained that not enough is done to prevent violence against women in Israel, particularly in cases known to the authorities.

In November, Transportation Minister Merav Michaeli, who also chairs a new ministerial committee on gender equality, announced the allocation of NIS 155 million (approximately $50 million) for a national plan to combat violence against women.

In July, Finance Minister Avigdor Liberman ordered that NIS 55 million ($17 million) be immediately allotted to efforts to prevent and treat domestic violence. The money has been earmarked to partially fund the Welfare Ministry’s National Plan for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, which was approved in 2017 but has seen less than half the designated funds transferred for implementation.

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