Man arrested on suspicion of murdering his mother at her Beersheba home

Son in his 40s to appear in court; suspect told police he found mother unconscious; killing comes days after Knesset advanced bills to counter domestic violence

Illustrative: A police car and ambulance in Petah Tikva, August 4, 2017. (Roy Alima/Flash90)
Illustrative: A police car and ambulance in Petah Tikva, August 4, 2017. (Roy Alima/Flash90)

A man in his 40s was arrested on Saturday morning on suspicion of murdering his mother a day earlier in the southern city of Beersheba.

The unnamed 70-year-old victim was found dead in the hallway of her apartment building on Friday evening.

Her son reportedly had called the police and said that he found his mother unconscious. Medics arrived on the scene and pronounced the woman’s death.

According to the Ynet news site, the woman had signs of injury to her head.

The man is set to appear at Beersheba’s Magistrate’s Court on Saturday evening for a custody hearing.

The woman’s death comes amid a notable increase in incidents of deadly violence against women, with a number of murders in recent months.

Demonstrators outside Yair Lapid’s Tel Aviv home hold signs with images of women who have been killed, June 25, 2022. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)

Those deaths include at least two other women who were killed and their sons arrested on suspicion of murder.

In May, a 62-year-old woman was stabbed to death in the northern city of Kiryat Ata. The victim’s 42-year-old son was arrested on suspicion of murder.

In April, a 30-year-old man was arrested over suspicions he killed his mother at her home in Lod in central Israel. The man showed up at a police station and told officers he had murdered his 60-year-old mother. He directed them to the home, where her body was found.

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

On Thursday, hours after it voted to disperse itself, the Knesset took steps to combat the issue by passing legislation to prevent the disclosure during a criminal trial of information provided by the victim of domestic violence or sexual assault during psychiatric treatment.

In addition, a bill was advanced for the use of technological tracking to enforce restraining orders in cases of domestic abuse.

Last week, dozens of demonstrators protested violence against women outside the home of then-foreign minister Yair Lapid, who has since assumed the premiership.

Yair Lapid speaks with demonstrators against violence against women outside his Tel Aviv home, June 25, 2022. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)

The demonstration was held after four women were recently murdered in the space of seven days. Protesters carried signs depicting the faces of women killed over the past few years.

According to a report published by researchers at the Hebrew University-based Israel Observatory on Femicide in January, there were 16 cases of women murdered in Israel by a relative or a partner throughout 2021, and 21 cases in 2020.

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