'Reason' for Shmerling terror attack: Revenge'

Murderers of Reuven Shmerling crossed security fence planning to murder Jews to avenge death of friend - who also committed a terror attack.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Reuven Shmerling
Reuven Shmerling
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It has been cleared for publication that an indictment was filed n the Lod District Court against the murderers of Reuven Shmerling, murdered on the eve of Sukkot in Kfar Qasim,

Over the Sukkot holiday, security forces arrested Yousuf Khaled Mustafa Kamil and Muhammad Ziyad Abu Al-Roub, residents of Qabatiya in Samaria, on suspicion of involvement in the murder.

The two entered crossed over from the Palestinian Authority areas illegally, aided by other illegals, and worked for about two weeks in Israel.

Upon interrogation, it was revealed that the two decided to commit a stabbing attack and murder Jews for nationalistic reasons, as revenge for the death of their friend, Ahmad Abu Al-Roub, who was killed while trying to commit a stabbing attack at the Jalameh Crossing, and over events relating to the Temple Mount.

It was also revealed that one of the terrorists planned, even before his illegal entry, to commit a stabbing attack against Jews - just for being Jews, and took advantage of his illegal entry to carry out his plan.

In addition, it was found that, for the purpose of carrying out the attack, the two went to obtain a knife and outlined a plan for the terror attack, including an escape route back to the Palestinian Authority.

Shin Bet forces said that, during investigations of Shmerling’s murder, new information was revealed pertaining to other intentions to carry out terror attacks against Jewish targets in Judea and Samaria (in Area C, under Israeli control) together with other Qabatiya residents whose interrogation is still ongoing.