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Suspect Arrested in Grisly Murder of Ori Ansbacher; New Details Emerge About Slaying

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Shin Bet releases new details regarding the brutal murder of 19-year-old Ori Ansbacher

The Shin Bet released new details regarding the gruesome murder of 19-year-old Ori Ansbacher in the Jerusalem forest last week.

According to the Shin Bet, 29 year-old Hevron native Arafat Afariah set out with a knife. When he saw Ansbacher in the Jerusalem Forest, he stabbed her multiple times in the chest and killed her.

The investigation is at its height and the majority of the details are under a gag order.

Ansbacher, a volunteer at a youth center in Jerusalem, had walked to the Jerusalem forest to be alone after an argument when she was murdered. Afariah was arrested on Saturday by Israeli special forces in a mosque in Al Bireh, a village near Ramallah.

Prime Minister Netanyahu said following Afariah’s arrest that “I congratulate the Shin Bet security services and the Israel Police that within a few hours captured the abominable murderer who murdered Ori Ansbacher. Israel’s long arm reaches anyone who harms us and we will settle accounts with them.”

“In my name and on behalf of the people of Israel, I wish to express my condolences to the Ansbacher family and to strengthen them with their great grief.”

Police published a rare statement on Friday evening denouncing rumors on social media regarding how Ori Ansbacher was killed.

“Since the murder that took place on Wednesday, various reports have been published, particularly on social media about the circumstances of the murder, including irresponsible horror descriptions,” the statement said.

“We make it clear that these publications are baseless, and harm both the dignity of the victim and the honor of the family, while misleading the public, and we call on the public not to spread false rumors or disinformation about the murder.”

While the police did not say which rumors are false, messages rocketed around Israel on Friday describing contradictory circumstances of Ansbacher’s death. The 19 year-old Tekoa native was killed on Wednesday in Jerusalem’s Ein Yael forest, allegedly by 29-year-old Hevron native Arafat Afariah.

The Shin Bet security service said that Afariah set out from Beit Jalah armed with a knife on Wednesday and attacked Ansbacher, killing her.

Ansbacher was laid to rest Friday afternoon.

Hundreds gathered at the Tekoa cemetery in the eastern Gush Etzion area south of Jerusalem to pay their respects to Ori Ansbacher, whose remains were found in the Ein Yael area next to the Biblical Zoo in Jerusalem Thursday night.

Ansbacher’s body was found stripped naked, with signs of extreme violence on the body. She was declared dead at the scene.

Ansbacher is survived by her parents, Rabbi Gadi and Noa Ansbacher, and her siblings Tama, Tal, David, and Shuva.

The victim’s parents mourned the death of their daughter earlier Friday, calling her a “sensitive soul” with an enormous capacity for giving.

“She was a holy soul who sought meaning, a sensitive soul towards every person and creature, and with an endless desire to help make the world a better place.” (INN)

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