Arabs who aided Reuven Shmerling's murder arrested

Security forces arrest Palestinian Authority Arabs who aided murder of 70-year-old Reuven Shmerling last month.

Kobi Finkler,

Weapons found inside a stuffed toy
Weapons found inside a stuffed toy
IDF spokesperson

IDF, Border Police, and Shabak (Israel Security Agency) on Tuesday night arrested Palestinian Authority (PA) Arabs who helped murder Reuven Shmerling on the eve of the Sukkot holiday.

Shmerling, 70, was found murdered in a factory in the Israeli Arab town of Kfar Qasim on October 4. The reason for his murder was later determined to be "revenge" for the death of another terrorist.

Seventeen Arabs were arrested Tuesday in the PA town of Qabatiya. Thirteen of them are suspected of involvement in "lone wolf" terror activities. All have been taken for interrogation.

The security forces also confiscated 50,000 NIS ($14,227) from residents of the PA town of Am'ari. The funds, provided by Hamas, were to be used for terror attacks in Judea and Samaria.

A female Hamas terrorist was arrested and taken for questioning.

In the Arab villages of Umm Salamuna and Shuweika, security forces found homemade weapons and a pistol.

Border Police and soldiers in the IDF's Samaria Brigade allowed 1,000 Jews to enter Joseph's Tomb in Shechem. The Jews prayed peacefully and there were no security incidents.