Murder of Reuven Schmerling

The Israel Security Agency (ISA), in cooperation with the Israel Police and the IDF, on 5 October 2017, arrested Yusef Khaled Mustafa Kamil and Muhammad Ziad Abu al-Roub on suspicion of involvement in the 4 October 2017 murder of Reuven Schmerling.

The suspects, both Palestinian residents of Kabatiya in Samaria, in their 20's, entered Israel illegally, with assistance, and worked for approximately two weeks, staying in Israel all the while.


In their ISA investigation, it was learned that the two decided – out of nationalistic motives – to stab Jews to death in revenge for the death of their friend, Ahmed Abu al-Roub, who was killed while attempting to carry out a stabbing at the Jalameh Crossing and against the background of events on the Temple Mount.


It was also learned that one of the suspects, even before entering Israel, planned to stab Jews and, in effect, exploited his illegal entry into Israel to this end.


The two purchased a knife in advance and outlined their attack, including their escape back into Judea and Samaria.


The State Attorney's office (Central District) has indicted the two, in the Lod District Court, on charges of murder for a nationalistic motive.


During the investigation, information was obtained about additional plans to carry out terrorist attacks against Israeli targets in Judea and Samaria, together with additional suspects from Kabatiya, whose investigation is ongoing.