Is­rael in shock over An­glo fam­ily killings

The Jewish Chronicle - - News - BY AN­SHEL PF­EF­FER

IS­RAELI PO­LICE are still search­ing for a mo­tive for a triple killing and sui­cide in which a po­lice­man ap­par­ently shot his wife and two young chil­dren be­fore turn­ing his gun on him­self.

Leeds-born Michael Fisher ap­par­ently shot his wife Hila, 30, and chil­dren Yu­val, three, and Yar­den, eight weeks, in their flat in Hod Hasharon last week.

Al­though foren­sic ev­i­dence proved be­yond doubt that Fisher was the killer, there are still no clear signs as to any mo­tive. On Sun­day, in­ves­ti­ga­tors re­moved the fam­ily’s com­puter, mo­bile phones, let­ters and fi­nan­cial doc­u­ments and even paint­ings by Yu­val, in an at­tempt to learn some­thing new on the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the cou­ple that might serve as an ex­pla­na­tion.

They also col­lected the com­put­ers used at work by the hus­band and wife, both po­lice of­fi­cers. Mr Fisher had worked for years with ju­ve­nile crim­i­nals and had re­cently started work in the spe­cial branch of the po­lice’s cen­tral district. The in­ves­ti­ga­tion team ques­tioned many of their col­leagues in an at­tempt to piece to­gether Mr Fisher’s psy­cho­log­i­cal pro­file.

One rea­son that has been raised in the Is­raeli me­dia is that one of the cou­ple might have been con­sid­er­ing fil­ing for di­vorce. Friends of the fam­ily also con­jec­tured that there might be a con­nec­tion be­tween Mr Fisher’s ac­tions and his fa­ther Ray’s sui­cide a year ear­lier. Ray Fisher was a pil­lar of the An­glo com­mu­nity in Ra’anana, and a for­mer chair­man of the As­so­ci­a­tion of Bri­tish Im­mi­grants, who killed him­self last Au­gust — only a few weeks be­fore his el­dest daugh­ter Karyn’s wed­ding — af­ter a long bat­tle with can­cer.

Af­ter leav­ing Leeds in 1982 when Michael was three, the Fish­ers lived in the ab­sorp­tion cen­tre at Mevasseret Zion be­fore mov­ing to Ris­hon leZion, Ra­mat Hasharon and fi­nally Ra’anana. Ray had been a teacher in Leeds and be­came a travel agent in Is­rael. From his early days in the coun­try, he served in the po­lice civil­ian vol­un­teers unit, con­tin­u­ing un­til re­cent years as a vol­un­tary of­fi­cer in the traf­fic po­lice.

Michael fol­lowed in his fa­ther’s foot­steps and did his army ser­vice in the Bor­der Po­lice, be­com­ing a de­tec­tive af­ter his dis­charge. Hila was the daugh­ter of a se­nior po­lice com­man­der.

Last week’s deaths caused shock­waves through­out the An­glo com­mu­nity in the Sharon area.

“We are talk­ing about a fam­ily that was just salt of the earth,” said Alan Marks of Ne­tanya, who knew the fam­ily back in Leeds and re­mained a close friend. “I just can’t get my mind around what hap­pened, can’t un­der­stand it at all. There has to be some kind of rea­son, they were just such spe­cial peo­ple, I knew Michael as a child and know how he was raised, as a ded­i­cated mem­ber of so­ci­ety and hu­mankind, just like his fa­ther.”

Hila and her two chil­dren were buried last Fri­day morn­ing in Hod Hasharon Ceme­tery while Michael was buried sep­a­rately in Ra’anana. His mother, Va­lerie, gave in­ter­views to the Is­raeli me­dia on Satur­day night in which she said of her son that “he was such a calm, even-tem­pered per­son. Some­thing sent him over the edge. He to­tally flipped. I’m sad that he did it.”

Michael Fisher ( top) with baby Yar­den, and Hila with Yu­val

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