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Israeli murdered in Kafr Qasim recognized as terror victim
Shin Bet investigation finds evidence that points to the murder of Reuven Shmerling being nationalistically motivated, leading Defense Ministry to recognize him as a victim of terrorism.

Reuven Shmerling, who was murdered on the eve of Sukkot in Kafr Qasim, was recognized Sunday as a victim of terrorism.

 

 

According to the Defense Ministry, the decision was made based on the results of the Shin Bet's investigation, which found the murder was nationalistically motivated.

 

The Shmerling family will now be eligible for all rights and assistance given to terror victims' families.

 

Reuven Shmerling
Reuven Shmerling

 

Shmerling, 70, of Elkana, was found on Wednesday in a coal storehouse belonging to his family in the Kafr Qasim industrial zone, with signs of severe violence on his body.

 

It was initially suspected that workers from the territories who worked for him beat him to death over a monetary dispute.

 

But the Shin Bet said the evidence gathered pointed to an act of terrorism. Two Palestinian suspects from Qabatiya were arrested several days later.

 

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