Israeli Arab Charged in Bombings

An Israeli Arab man has been arrested for a firebomb attack on a Jewish city in the Menashe region.

Maayana Miskin, | updated: 22:01

Firebomb (illustrative)
Firebomb (illustrative)
Israel news photo: Flash 90

The Israel Security Agency revealed Thursday that an Israeli Arab man was arrested two weeks ago for carrying out a bomb attack against Mei Ami, a Jewish town in the Menashe region. The man, 35-year-old Tabat Jabareen, is a resident of the city of Umm el-Fahm, just north of Mei Ami.

Jabareen is accused of attacking Mei Ami on two occasions. The first attack took place on March 16, and the second on March 18. In both attacks, he allegedly threw a firebomb at the fence surrounding the town.

After the second attack, he was arrested. During the investigation, police discovered that Jabareen had created a homemade bomb using fireworks two weeks prior to his first known attack, and had attempted to use it against Mei Ami.

Jabareen was indicted Thursday for weapons manufacturing, carrying a weapon, and attempted arson.

He claimed that he was motivated by recent events in Jerusalem, where police clashed with Muslim rioters on the Temple Mount after Muslim leaders spread rumors that Israel was planning to cause damage to the Al-Aksa mosque.

One and a half weeks ago, two pipe bombs were found at a bus stop near Mei Ami. The bombs were discovered before they could cause casualties.