A 29-year-old woman, Adisi Albana was found dead inside her home in Kyriat Ata on Friday night. Albana’s death marks the eighth femicide or suspected femicide carried out in Israel since the start of 2023.
The murder came just three days after a 61-year-old woman from Tel Aviv died of head injuries she sustained after being beaten by her partner last week. The woman was identified as Vera Palacinta, and her partner has been placed under arrest as the suspect. In another incident, 31-year-old Darya Leitel was found dead in her Haifa apartment last week. The woman’s husband, 35, called police to report that he had murdered his wife, and was placed under arrest.
Police officers near the apartment in Kiryat Ata where Adisi Albana was murdered, March 24, 2023 (Photo: Israeli Police)
MK Aida Touma-Sliman (Hadash-Ta’al) responded to the murder of the woman, saying “I am pained to hear about the murder of a woman tonight, the eighth since the beginning of the year, a fact that should shock everyone. A few days ago, the far-right coalition overturned the electronic handcuff law – women’s blood was spilled and they are busy with political considerations and dictatorial laws. How can you sleep when women are murdered because you deny them protection and security?”
Touma-Sliman continued, “Last Monday, during a discussion in the National Security Committee, the chairperson of the committee, Zvika Fogel [Otzma Yehudit], looked straight into the camera, you also looked us in the eye and promised to apply continuous justice to the handcuff law. Since then, a few days have passed and you only have one week left to fulfill your promise, until the end of the current session. Don’t make political capital from lies, bring the continuous application of law to the plenary this week. Your promise will be fulfilled, preventing more women’s blood from being spilled.”
The electronic handcuff law, which would mandate that violent offenders must wear electronic tracking cuffs, was shot down in Knesset earlier this week after racist National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir said that a “more balanced” law was needed.