Dr. Daniel Yaakobi Hy"d
Dr. Daniel Yaakobi Hy"d Israel news photo: (file)

The Israeli Security Agency (Shin Bet), in cooperation with IDF and Border Police units, have arrested four Arabs for the July 27, 2006 murder of Dr. Daniel Yaakobi of Yakir. After Yaakobi brought his car to an Arab car garage for repairs, an Arab on site attacked the Jew with a wrench and a stick until he collapsed. 

The ISA and Israel Police carried out intensive intelligence and investigation activities in the three years following the murder which resulted in the arrest of four suspects during April and May 2009. Their identities have now been approved for publication:

  • Tioun Hadi Khalil Tioun – resident of Hadja village in the Kalkilya area, 21, a Tanzim militant, student at Abu Dis University.
  • Ahmed Hadi Khalil Tiyoun - resident of Hadja village in the Kalkilya area, 25, brother of the above, Fatah activist. 
  • Amar Khamed Abdallah Nofel, resident of Hadja village in the Kalkilya area, 19, participated in disturbances in his village. 
  • Nasim Jamal Ahmed Gaviti, resident of Funduk village in the Kalkilya area, 26, Tanzim militant, participated in disturbances in the area.

Tioun Tioun admitted to murdering Yaakobi, allegedly in revenge for the death one day earlier of Khamada Shativi, an Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades terrorist from Kadoum. Shativi was killed by security forces while attempting to evade capture on July 26, 2006. Yaakobi was last seen driving towards Karnei Shomron on the day he was murdered. His body was found inside his burnt car on the same evening.

Tioun said that he murdered Yaakobi after Yaakobi brought his car to his brother Ahmed Tioun's garage for repairs. He assaulted Yaakobi with a wrench and a stick beating him to death. 

When his brother and Amar Nofel eventually arrived, Tioun Tioun told them to place the body in the trunk and burn the car. They loaded Yaakobi's body into the trunk, drove the car outside the village and set it alight. They then drove to Shativi's funeral, following which Ahmed Tioun informed Nasim Gaviti of Yaakobi's murder. 

They then drove to the garage, where – joined by Tioun Tioun and Amar Nofel – they cleaned the garage and burnt Yaakobi's belongings.  All four men will be indicted in the coming days.

Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, considered a top Torah sage of the generation in the hareidi-religious community, issued a Jewish legal decision banning the employment of Arab workers by Jews after an Arab hired as a driver by the Merkaz HaRav Yeshiva in Jerusalem murdered eight students in March, 2008.

“According to Jewish law, it is completely forbidden to hire Arabs, especially in yeshivas,” Rabbi Kanievsky said. “There is a concern of endangering lives.”

The rabbi explained, “After all, we are at war with them…and are there not Jews that can work and make a living?” Asked later if his words should be publicized, Rabbi Kanievsky said: “Certainly.”

Jewish Labor Hotline

Though a web site listing Jewish labor businesses was closed down by the supreme court after a law-suit from an Arab advocacy group funded by the New Israel Fund, a hotline and email account has been set up to provide solutions for those seeking Jewish laborers for work anywhere in Israel.

The hotline, for everything from gardeners, heavy equipment operators, painters, car garages, cement mixers and handymen to catering and restaurants, can be reached at: 1 599 588 588 or by emailing: mokedai@gmail.com . To reach a human hotline operator, dial extension 1, Sunday through Thursday, 8am-1pm.

Dr. Yaakobi was 59 when he was murdered. He was survived by his wife Chani, four children and 12 grandchildren.