Daily Israel Report

Gag Order Removed: Hamas Cell in Jerusalem

Five eastern Jerusalem village residents have been charged with involvement in Hamas terrorism – including a bomb that wounded a sanitation worker.
By Hillel Fendel
First Publish: 4/7/2011, 1:25 PM / Last Update: 4/7/2011, 1:15 PM

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Five residents of an eastern Jerusalem village are in custody and have been indicted for involvement in Hamas terrorism – including a bomb that wounded a sanitation worker.

The police and Shabak arrested, in February of this year, five residents of an eastern Jerusalem village for membership in Hamas and planning terrorist attacks. At least one of them has admitted having prepared a bomb that wounded a city sanitation worker.

The five are residents of Sur Baher, which was captured by Jordanian forces in 1948 and became a part of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan until the Six Day War in 1967. It is adjacent to Talpiot, Har Homa and Ramat Rachel.

They have been indicted on charges of membership in a terrorist organization, contact with a foreign agent, conspiring to aid an enemy, and attempting to manufacture weapons. They are accused of having met with Hamas officials,  planning shooting attacks, and preparing a car-bomb to be placed in a Jerusalem mall.

The five, between 22 and 30 years old, conspired together for the past two years regarding their desires and plans to carry out terrorist attacks in Israel. They were arrested in the midst of planning an attack similar to that in Yeshivat Merkaz HaRav, in which eight students were gunned down.

One of the five has confessed to preparing a pipe bomb that was supposed to have been placed at a major Gilo hitch-hiking stop. He ultimately decided to throw it into the bushes, where it was found last month by an Arab sanitation worker who was wounded in the hand by the force of its explosion.