David Bar Kapra, 70, of Rehovot, died last night after having earlier been found seriously injured in a field near Moshav Pedaya, where he grew grapes.
Police said Bar Kapra, who was found unconscious, had numerous injuries on his body and head that were consistent with an attack with blunt objects, like sticks or stones. He was admitted to Asaf Harofeh Medical Center, where he died of his injuries.
The area where he was found has a spring and is known as a place where laborers come to rest. Early reports indicated Bar Kapra might have been attacked by laborers who were in Israel illegally. Police said they were investigating all avenues, including the possibility of a business dispute.
Bar Kapra’s son, Daniel, is the spokesman for the Religious Services Ministry and acting spokesman for Israel’s Chief Rabbinate.
“If indeed this was an attack by illegal laborers, it is very serious and I’m sure the police and security forces will find the murderers and bring them to justice,” said Deputy Defense Minister Eli Ben Dahan.