Reuven Shmerling

October 4th, 2017: Reuven Shmerling, 70, was stabbed to death in a coal warehouse he owned, in the Kafr Qasem Industrial Zone. Two Palestinians who were his employees were later convicted of the attack.

Reuven was from the Israeli settlement of Elkana, a colony of around 700 people located on illegally-seized Palestinian land in the West Bank.

He was attacked by the two employees, who told prosecutors in the trial that they had been repeatedly insulted by Shmerling, and decided to attack him.

There was no indication that their murder of their employer was politically motivated, although the Israeli intelligence service Shin Bet said they had evidence that it was politically motivated. That evidence was never presented in the trial.

Reuven was from Elkana settlement.