An Israeli Arab woman, born in Jaffa and married to a Palestinian from Kalkilya, has been convicted in the 2010 murder of an Israeli. The victim, 75-year old Shoshana Levi, lived in the same building as the murderer and her husband in Jaffa (Yafo).
The murder took place on December 16, 2010, with the woman, 24, and her husband, 25, breaking into Levi's apartment. They threw her on the ground, dragged her into another room, and stuffed her mouth with a pair of toddler's pants.
They tied her hands and legs, and knocked her out, pulling at a gold chain she was wearing, and emptying her apartment of much of its contents. Doctors determined that Levi slowly choked to death, unable to breathe because of the blockage of her breathing tubes, with her inability to breathe exacerbated by her injuries.
Police found DNA evidence in the apartment that led them to the suspects, who had been living in Kalkilye when they were arrested.
The woman's attorney attempted to deflect responsibility, claiming that her husband had forced her to murder Levi. The court rejected that claim, saying that there was overwhelming evidence showing that she voluntarily committed the crime. Her sentence will be handed down at a later date.