Son suspected of stabbing mother to death in southern city of Arad

Suspect reportedly turns himself in, may be sent for psychological assessment

Illustrative: Israel Police investigate the scene of a crime on June 2, 2021. (Israel Police)
Illustrative: Israel Police investigate the scene of a crime on June 2, 2021. (Israel Police)

A man was arrested on suspicion that he stabbed his mother to death in the southern city of Arad, police said Tuesday.

Police said they were alerted to an incident at an apartment on Yehuda Street where officers found the woman, 57, and called in medics.

The Magen David Adom emergency service said the woman had no vital signs, and she was declared dead at the scene.

The suspect, in his 20s, turned himself in at the police station and told officers he had stabbed his mother, the Ynet news outlet reported.

Police are expected to request that he be held in custody and that he undergo a psychological assessment, according to the report.

A neighbor told Ynet that the son “is completely mad” and “screams terribly.”

Another neighbor said that the son would sometimes knock on her door asking for money, but that she did not hear any commotion at the time of the killing.

The homicide brings to 15 the number of women apparently killed in domestic violence in Israel since the beginning of the year according to figures from the Israel Women’s Network rights group.

Women’s rights activists have voiced concerns in recent months that changes in key areas of government policy will have an impact on women’s safety. In particular, they have condemned the decision by National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir in February to cease funding the Michal Sela Forum’s security programs for women at risk of domestic abuse.

In addition, they have warned that recently relaxed firearm restrictions could exacerbate the violence that women face, particularly those in violent or dangerous living situations.

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