Justice Minister Calls for Death Penalty for Palestinian Who Murdered Israeli Teen

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Ayelet Shaked, Israel's minister of Justice, said Saturday that Israeli prosecutors should seek the death penalty for a Palestinian from Hebron who brutally murdered an Israeli teen on the outskirts of Jerusalem.

“We should not hide the truth,” Shaked said. “He killed Ori because she was a Jewish girl.”

Arafat Irfayia, 29, reportedly left Hebron on Thursday armed with a knife and came upon the victim, Ori Ansbacher, 19, walking in the woods near Ein Yael nature reserve. The body of Ansbacher, of the West Bank community of Tekoa, was discovered on Thursday. She was buried on Friday in Tekoa.

The precise details of the murder are unknown, but rumors indicate it was particularly brutal in nature.

Though a death penalty law exists in Israel, it has rarely been used. Legislation that would have expanded its use to terror cases failed to advance last year.

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