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Arab-Israeli cabbie confesses to killing Jewish woman, 20

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JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Arab-Israeli taxi driver has confessed to murdering a young Jewish woman in northern Israel two months ago.

Hussein Yousef Hussein Khalifa, 34, of the village of Iblin in the Galilee, confessed to the May 1 murder of Shelly Dadon during questioning by the Shin Bet, the security service said in a statement issued Sunday. The statement said Khalifa, who was arrested June 16, disclosed many details regarding the murder in Migdal Haemek and that the killing was committed “for nationalistic reasons.”

Dadon, 20, had left her home in Afula on the day of the murder for a job interview in nearby Migdal Haemek and was found dead in that city’s industrial zone.

Khalifa, who drove workers to and from factories in the industrial zone, took Dadon to an abandoned parking lot on its outskirts and stabbed her to death before fleeing in his cab, according to the Shin Bet.

The body showed “severe signs of violence,” Moshe Cohen, commander of the police’s northern regional division, said at the time of its discovery.

 

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