Israeli father who admitted killing his American children is indicted

Marcy Oster

JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israeli father who admitted to killing his two American-Israeli children was indicted.

Israeli prosecutors filed the indictment against Avraham Levy on Sunday, the Times of Israel reported. Levy said he killed his children to take revenge on his wife for divorcing him.

Sarah and Yishai Levy, aged 14 and 10, were stabbed to death last month in their father’s home in the Yashresh moshav in central Israel, about three miles south of Ramle. Levy contacted police after the murder to tell them what he had done.

The children were dual American-Israeli citizens and had just arrived in Israel from Columbus, Ohio, where they lived with their mother, Karen, who is also a dual citizen. Under the reported terms of the couple’s 3-year-old divorce agreement, the children must visit their father in Israel twice a year.

The children were buried last month in Columbus.

Karen Levy had previously filed domestic violence complaints against her then-husband. She resided in a women’s shelter for victims of domestic violence during the divorce proceedings.