Daily Israel Report

Terrorist's Neighbor: No One Was Surprised

Waal Kassim of Ras el-Amoud, just outside the Old City, is considered the ringleader of the Israeli-Arab terrorist cell apprehended this week, and Aryeh King of the nearby pioneer neighborhood of Maaleh HaZeitim knows his family. King spoke with Arutz-7 today.
First Publish: 8/22/2002, 6:51 PM

Waal Kassim of Ras el-Amoud, just outside the Old City, is considered the ringleader of the Israeli-Arab terrorist cell apprehended this week, and Aryeh King of the nearby pioneer neighborhood of Maaleh HaZeitim knows his family. "I haven't had the 'privilege' of meeting him personally," King told Arutz-7 today, "but we know his brothers... Although some Arabs have been heard saying that they were 'surprised' and 'shocked,' etc. [at the discovery of the Israeli-Arab terrorist cell], this is nonsense, as they all know everything that's going on... The families of the terrorists are all important families in the area here..."

King said that evidence of support for terrorism around Jerusalem is ample:
"We see the writings on the wall, literally: Praise for the shahids, calls to join the intifada, defacing Jewish gravestones and writing the names of suicide Arab martyrs instead. There is a day camp here run by the Palestinian Authority, with pictures of Arafat, PA flags, songs of praise for the PA and the martyrs, etc.… In short, there's no way to differentiate between the Arabs of the Shomron and the Arabs of Jerusalem and of Jaffa and of Haifa. In Jaffa, it has not *yet* happened, just as we used to say that in Haifa. The Beit Yisrael carbomb came from 150 meters away from here - so why should anyone be surprised? … I was in the grocery in Ras el-Amoud last night, and I could see that they were not surprised. They said straight out, 'What do you want, that we should sit and do nothing?' That could mean anything: either writing graffiti, or transporting the suicide terrorist, or even worse… The police don't come here to find weapons in houses, or to deal with illegal housing, or to deal with other crimes, so it's certainly not surprising that [this is what has developed]…"