Two Palestinians Indicted for Terrorist Murder of Israeli Man

The Times of Israel reports: Two Palestinians who allegedly stabbed to death Reuven Schmerling in the Israeli city of Kafr Qassem earlier this month were motivated by a desire to “avenge” their friend, who had been killed while attempting to carry out a stabbing attack in 2015, the Shin Bet security service said.

On Sunday, Youssef Khaled Mustafa Kamil, 20, and Muhammad Ziad Abu al-Rub, 19, of the West Bank city of Qabatiya, were indicted for premeditated murder and entering Israel illegally in a Central District court.

Schmerling’s body was discovered by police on October 4 near his coal storage unit in Kafr Qassem’s industrial zone. He had been stabbed dozens of times. It was initially unclear if the murder was a terror attack, but in the days that followed the Shin Bet announced that it was believed to have been nationalistically motivated — though it would not elaborate due to a court-issued gag order.

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