Jewish Man Found Dead Near Israeli Arab City Likely Killed in Terror Attack, Security Sources Say

Investigators are also examining the possibility that Reuven Shmerling was murdered as part of a business feud

Reuven Shmerling, who was found dead outside of Kafr Qasem October 4, 2017
Reuven Shmerling, who was found dead outside of Kafr Qasem October 4, 2017 Provided by the Shmerling family

Security sources said Saturday that Reuven Shmerling, a Jewish man in his 70s who was found dead Wednesday outside the Arab city of Kafr Qasem, was likely killed in a terror attack.

Investigators were also examining the possibility that Shmerling was murdered as part of a business feud, but the sources said that over the weekend there have been a number of developments in the case. Police have issued a gag order on any further details into the incident, and the Shin Bet security service has been taking part in the investigation from the start.

Shmerling, who lived in the settlement of Elkana not far from Kafr Qasem, was laid to rest on Friday in the settlement. He is survived by his wife, four children and 19 grandchildren.

Shmerling left his home on Wednesday morning and went to a warehouse in Kafr Qasem, which belonged to his son. When his wife Hanna noticed he did not return home and is not answering his phone, his son was called to the warehouse, where he discovered his father's body. Paramedics pronounced Shmerling dead.

In a statement, Shmerling's family stressed they have no doubt he was killed in a terror attack.