Arab taxi driver charged with murder of Jewish woman

( The suspect in the May 1 murder of 20-year-old Israeli Jewish woman Shelly Dadon of Afula was named Sunday as 34-year-old Hussein Yusuf Halifa, a taxi driver from the northern Israeli Arab village of I’billin.

Dadon was found stabbed to death in an abandoned parking lot in Migdal Haemek. Halifa was arrested last month by Northern District Central Division Police and the Shin Bet Security Agency, but the details of the case were under a gag order until Sunday.

“The suspect drives people to work every day in the Ramat Gavriel industrial area in Migdal Haemek,” said Northern District commander Maj. Gen. Zohar Dvir, Israel Hayom reported.

“That morning, he picked up Shelly, who was on the way to a job interview in the industrial area, and then murdered her in a deserted parking lot nearby. The motive has still not been completely clarified, but we are not yet ruling out a nationalistic [reason],” Dvir said.

Posted on July 7, 2014 .