Arab taxi driver confesses to murder of Afula teenager ‘for nationalistic reasons’; reconstructs the act.
In a dramatic development Sunday, police have announced that the murder of Afula teenager Shelly Dadon has been solved.
Police and the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) arrested a taxi driver from the Arab village of Iblin in the Galilee, on suspicion that he carried out the murder for “nationalistic” reasons.
The suspect, named as 38-year-old Hassin Yousef Hassin Khalifah, subsequently confessed under police interrogation to committing the murder, and even reconstructed the crime for police.
Shelly Danon left her home to Migdal Ha’emek on May 1 for what she thought was a job interview. A few hours later, her body was found in a parking lot in Migdal Ha’emek.
According to the Shin Bet, Khalifah picked his victim up when she hailed his taxi to take her to a job interview in the industrial zone of Migdal Ha’emek. He then stabbed Dadon to death, and fled in his taxi to dispose of the body.
Three weeks ago it was reported that there have been “certain developments” in the investigation, adding that the revelations may possibly lead police to solving the case soon.
Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovich announced “dramatic developments” in the investigation on Memorial Day, just days after the murder, when he met with Dadon’s family.
Aharonovich reversed his statement that the murder was soon to be explained mere days later, when he said her murder might not be nationalistically motivated.
News of the dramatic breakthrough comes on the same day as police announced arrests of several Jewish extremists in the murder of Arab teen Mohammed Abu-Khder.