The Jerusalem District Court has sentenced four Jerusalem Arab men to prison time for their activity on behalf of the Hamas terrorist group.
The men established and ran a Hamas cell in the city that engaged in teaching local Arabs about Islam from a Hamas perspective, and took part in social welfare projects aimed at spreading Hamas’ ideology.
Three of the four were convicted for membership in a terrorist organization, and were given prison terms ranging from 6 to 18 months.
The fourth, Haitham Taha, was convicted of the more serious charge of being active in a terrorist organization. He was sentenced to four years in prison and given an additional six-month suspended sentence for recruiting on behalf of Hamas.
The four Hamas men were arrested approximately two years ago along with several others. An additional four men are still on trial in the affair.
It is the latest in a string of successful security operations to disrupt Hamas operations in the Israeli capital.
In December 2012, a Hamas cell in Jerusalem was uncovered following a string of rock and firebomb attacks. Three people were arrested.
In early 2013, two top Hamas terrorists were convicted of terror offenses related to their efforts to establish a Hamas infrastructure in Jerusalem.
In March, the Shin Bet exposed a Hamas-lined terrorist cell that was active on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, Judaism's holiest site.
In September, it was revealed that Hamas had planned a terrorist attack at a pedestrian mall in Jerusalem. The attack had been planned for the Jewish High Holidays.