Terrorist who confessed to murdering teen appears in court

29-year-old Palestinian Arab terrorist who confessed to raping, murdering Israeli teen in terror attack appears in court.

David Rosenberg,

Arafat Arafiah charged in court for murder or Ori Ansbacher
Arafat Arafiah charged in court for murder or Ori Ansbacher
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A Jerusalem court extended the arrest of the Palestinian Arab terrorist taken into custody in connection with the rape and murder of an Israeli teenager last week.

Twenty-nine-year-old Arafat Arafiah, a resident of Hevron, was brought before the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court on Monday for an extension of his arrest. While police had requested that the arrest be extended for the duration of Arafiah’s trial, Justice Oren Silverman granted a 10-day extension at the closed-door hearing.

Police and officials from the Shin Bet internal security agency say they plan to charge Arafiah with oen count of murder committed on nationalistic grounds and one count of rape.

Arafat Arafiah in court Monday Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

Last Thursday, 19-year-old Tekoa resident Ori Ansbacher was found in the Ein Yael forest in south Jerusalem. Her remains were found stripped naked, with multiple stab wounds in the upper torso.

Israeli security forces later arrested Arafiah, who confessed to raping and murdering Ansbacher – which, investigators say, were committed out of nationalistic motives as a terrorist attack.

Arafiah reenacted the murder for Israeli investigators Sunday and, according to the Shin Bet internal security agency, clearly implicated himself in the murder.