JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Palestinian man confessed to killing his Israeli girlfriend, who was pregnant, Israel Police announced.
Michal Halimi, 29, from the West Bank settlement of Adam, has been missing for more than two months.
Halimi had left her home voluntarily to move in with her boyfriend Muhammad Harouf of Nablus, the police said in a statement on Wednesday. Police said that based on both of their Facebook pages that the couple had intended to get engaged to be married.
Halimi’s body was found in Holon on the coast of central Israel on May 24.
When Harouf was first interrogated there were contradictions in his responses, which led to a continuing investigation and questioning of other witnesses to the couple’s relationship, according to police.
Harouf was interrogated by police several more times before confessing and reconstructing the murder for police. He said he met Halimi in Holon, choked her, threw stones at her head, buried her and left the area in her car, according to police.
Halimi reportedly was eight months pregnant at the time of her death as well as reportedly married to an Israeli man.
A motive for the murder has not been determined, but in the courtroom at the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, Harouf kicked a prison guard and yelled, “I’ll kill all the Jews,” the Ynet news website reported. He also yelled to reporters that: “I’ll kill all the Jews!