Rehovot crime scene.
(photo credit: YAAKOV LAPPIN)
Residents of northwest Rehovot were left stunned on Monday by the killing of a
53- year-old man at the hands of his 27-year-old son.
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The attack took
place while the family was observing the shiva mourning period for the death of
the victim’s mother.
The victim, Shlomo Buskila, came to wake his son,
Emile, around 12:30 p.m. in the son’s apartment, which is adjacent to the family
home, said Shimon Malka, Buskila’s brotherin- law and the deputy mayor of
Police were uncertain whether an argument erupted between father
and son before Emile Buskila allegedly stabbed his father repeatedly in a fit of
“He collapsed, cried out for help, and died soon afterward,” Malka
told reporters outside the crime scene.
“Emile planned this in advance.
He bought a knife last week for the murder,” Malka said.
The suspect then
fled, covered in his father’s blood, as family members sitting in a mourning
tent nearby looked on in shock. Police, fearful that he would harm others,
mounted a massive search for the younger Buskila, mobilizing large ground forces and a helicopter. Family
members were taken to the Rehovot police station for their safety.
suspect was found hiding in an abandoned structure near a cemetery in Ness Ziona
a few hours later and was arrested.
“He’s refusing to speak to us at this
stage,” a police spokesman said.
Emile Buskila had a history of mental
instability, and had been hospitalized in a psychiatric ward. He has also
been convicted of theft and drug crimes, and served time in prison.
mother said there had been a financial dispute between father and son, though
Malka denied this.
“Shlomo did everything for his son. He got him an
apartment free of charge and tried to arrange work for him,” Malka
Relatives have slammed mental health officials, who, they said,
ignored pleas for help to stabilize Emile Buskila as his mental state
On Friday, the suspect’s aunt went to the mental hospital
in Ness Ziona and urgently asked doctors to administer sedatives to him after
noticing a surge in his violent tendencies.
“But they did nothing,” Malka
Last week, Buskila threatened to burn down the family home after
his girlfriend broke up with him, and obtained a fuel canister, Malka
He described the murder victim as a “wonderful man.”
co-owned a business in Ashkelon and made his living. After his mother
died, he turned to me and my wife and said that we were his parents,” Malka
said, before bursting into tears.
Shlomo Buskila leaves behind a wife,
three children and six brothers and sisters.
Last month, the Welfare and
Social Services Ministry published the findings of the Pizam Committee, headed
by retired Judge Haim Pizam, to examine the murders of three young children by
their father, Itai Ben-Dror, in Netanya last July.
concluded that there was a serious lack of coordination between various
government authorities, especially the social services and health professionals,
who had been aware that Ben-Dror had mental health issues.
Social Services Minister Isaac Herzog said at the time that while “it was not
possible to predict that [the father] Itai Ben- Dror would hurt his
children... The committee found a disconnection between social welfare
and mental health services.”
Herzog has expressed his desire to improve
coordination between social workers and mental health services, which are
currently under the authority of the Health Ministry.Ruth Eglash
contributed to this report.