Arab-Israeli cabbie indicted for murder of Jewish woman

Marcy Oster

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A taxi driver who admitted to killing a young Jewish woman in northern Israel was indicted for the alleged murder.

Hussein Yousef Hussein Khalifa, 34, of the village of Iblin in the Galilee, was indicted on Wednesday in Nazareth District Court for the alleged murder of Shelly Dadon.

Dadon, 20, had left her home in Afula on the day of the murder for a job interview in nearby Migdal Haemek and was found dead in that city’s industrial zone.

Khalifa, who drove workers to and from factories in the industrial zone, took Dadon to an abandoned parking lot on its outskirts and stabbed her to death before fleeing in his cab, according to the Shin Bet. He was able to provide many unpublished details of the murder, the Shin Bet said.

The body showed “severe signs of violence,” Moshe Cohen, commander of the police’s northern regional division, said at the time of its discovery.

According to the indictment, Dadon was stabbed in nearly every area of her body.

The indictment did not indicate a motive, though the Shin Bet security service said Sunday in a statement that the killing was committed “for nationalistic reasons.”