Palestinian Murderer of Ori Ansbacher, Hy”d, Appears in Court

YERUSHALAYIM -
Police escort a Palestinian charged with the murder of 19-year-old Ori Ansbacher, Hy”d, at the Yerushalayim Magistrate’s court, Monday.
(Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

The confessed murderer of Israeli teen, Ori Ansbacher, Hy”d, appeared in court for the first time since his arrest last Friday.

In a closed hearing, the court extended the remand of Arafat Irfaiya, from Chevron, for 10 days.

Accused of murder, Irfaiya was described by The Times of Israel as appearing “to smirk from his seat as photographers flashed their cameras before being ushered out of the courtroom.”

Ansbacher’s uncle, Boaz Bar Yuda, told Channel 2 on Monday: “It is important to leave our private story aside and understand that there is bigger business here than Ori and her criminal murderer.
“It is important to understand that we are dealing with the war between the sons of light and the sons of darkness – we are good people, Ori was full of goodness, light and kindness. There are people here who are looking to do evil and the gap between her joy and her light compared to what this criminal murderer symbolizes that.

“We believe that the good will win, that its light will win – that good must prevail,” he said.

On Sunday, the Shin Bet announced that it had determined that the crime was a terror attack.

Irfaiya reenacted the murder at the scene for the authorities, and told them that he wanted to become a “martyr” or be sent to an Israeli prison. “I will do it again, I want to be a martyr,” he told investigators, according to a leaked transcript. “I would do whatever it takes to go to prison, and if you let me go, I’ll come back here with a knife so that I will either get sent to prison or become a martyr.”

In addition, he was identified as the murder suspect “without question” from DNA evidence found at the scene, according to media reports.

A spokesman for the Shin Bet said Irfaiya had spent time in prison for security-related offenses and that he had crossed into Israel without a permit before carrying out the murder.

Local media have said that he is affiliated with Hamas, though neither the terror group nor others have claimed responsibility for the attack.