Palestinian Nationalist Confesses: ‘I kidnapped an Israeli girl, stabbed her multiple times, raped her and left her to die.’

By Theodore Shoebat

A Palestinian man named Arafat Irfaiya confessed to the crime of kidnapping, raping and murdering an Israeli woman named Ori Ansbacher. His motive was one of nationalism against Israel. As we read in the Jerusalem Post:

Arafat Irfaiya, the Palestinian man from Hebron who was arrested and accused of murdering 19-year-old Ori Ansbacher, admitted to the murder on Sunday afternoon, over a year after committing the crime, explaining that his reasoning was nationalistically motivated.

The counsel for the defense had said during the court hearing that Irfaiya confessed to the murder and rape, but when the judge spoke directly to the defense, he did not respond.

According to a summary of the March 2019 indictment, Irfaiya crossed into Israel from the West Bank illegally with a general intent to kill a Jew out of revenge for his perception of Israel’s mistreatment of Palestinians, but with no specific plan.

The indictment said that he saw 19-year-old Ansbacher of Tekoa and decided to kill her.
He stabbed her three times and dragged her to an even more abandoned spot. Next, he stabbed her a few more times and stuffed her mouth with her scarf so she could not scream, said the indictment. After that, he raped her, broke her telephone so she could not call for help and left her to die.

His motivation was one of a demonic, sinister nationalism, and of course there is no doubt that he used the narrative of the Israeli occupation to cover his own sadistic desires. The story is a microcosm of the dangers of nationalist hysteria: there is a cause of self-determination and nationalism, the pretext is justice, but the end if violence and misery.