Schmerling murder: Suspicions of nationalistic motive grow

Dramatic developments are arising within the investigation concerning the murder of the late Reuven Schmerling, who was found dead inside of a storage unit in Kafr Qasim. As a result of a series of developments over the past day, the Israeli security establishment believes that the murder was nationalistically motivated rather than economic.
The late Reuven Schmerling Photo Credit: Elkana Regional Council/Channel 2 News

In light of a series of developments over the past day concerning the murder of the late Reuven Schmerling, the Israeli security establishment is growing closer to the assessment that the crime was nationalistically motivated rather than being the result of an economic dispute, as was initially examined. Despite the recent developments, further explanation regarding the details is prohibited due to the gag order issued on the investigation’s content.

As reported yesterday by JOL, more than 1,000 people attended the funeral of Reuven Schmerling, an Israeli man from the West Bank settlement of Elkana. Schmerling was found dead on Wednesday in the Israeli-Arab city of Kafr Qasim.

Schmerling's family members say they are certain his murder was nationalistically-motivated.

"It's just unfathomable," said Hadar, Schmerling's granddaughter, at his funeral. "We're still waiting for you to come into the Sukkah with a big laugh or with a song, sit at the table and pick up one of the little ones. You were an impressive man that we all admired."



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