Seven Israeli Arabs allegedly affiliated with al-Qaida and global jihad
terrorist elements were indicted on Monday for allegedly murdering a
driver last year and carrying out a string of attacks against Jews and
The seven, ranging in age from 19 to 26, were arrested by the
Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) and Israel Police in recent
Taxi driver found dead in the North
Police crack east J'lem terror cells
“This is one of the most dangerous cells we have ever uncovered,”
Dep.-Cmdr. Avi Elgrisi, head of the Amakim District police’s Central Unit said
Monday. The investigation, he said, had initially focused on two suspects before
being widened to include a total of seven. He added that police expected
The seven said they had founded a group called
Aljahabiyya and claimed to follow Salafism, a radical branch of Sunni
Aljahabiyya was formed two years ago and the suspects confessed to
having been inspired by al-Qaida.
The group used the Internet to learn
about weapons and to download instructions on the manufacture of
explosive devices. It also downloaded al- Qaida propaganda movies and
by Osama bin Laden.
“They accessed the Internet for jihadi ideology and
indoctrination, and used it as an information source to listen to
clerics,” Elgrisi said.Three of the suspects allegedly involved in the murder
Three of the suspects were allegedly involved in
the murder of taxi driver Yafim Weinstein on November 30, 2009. During
interrogations, they confessed to having summoned a taxi to a kibbutz
Nazareth, where one shot Weinstein and the others assisted in disposing
Following their arrest, the three reenacted the murder and led
investigators to where they had hid the murder weapon.
Weinstein, 54, a
Nazareth Illit resident, was found dead in his cab outside Kibbutz Kfar
Hahoresh. He left behind a wife, children and a grandchild. Details of
investigation were under a gag order until Monday morning.
The Shin Bet
also found that after the murder, two of the suspects had attempted to
an al-Qaida training camp in Somalia to join the fighting against what
termed Christian “heretics,” as well as against the US. The two,
barred from entering Somalia through its border with Kenya.
planned to kidnap a Nazareth resident and behead him on video, but did
so. Elgrisi said that they had even dug a grave for a Christian man they
“insulted the prophet Muhammad.” The men also threw stun grenades and
cocktails at Jewishand Christian-owned businesses and homes in the town.
burned Christian tour buses and dealt in the selling of arms as well.
addition, they stabbed a pizza delivery man in Nazareth Illit, stealing
scooter and NIS 100.
“We are searching for criminals who sold weapons to
the suspects,” Elgrisi said.
“Security suspects will also be
During a remand hearing held for the suspects at the Nazareth
District Court, defense attorneys said the confessions had been
through coercion and claimed that their clients had traveled to Somalia
trip.” The suspects, some of them bearded, smiled and waved at
they were led to the courtroom in handcuffs.
Asked by a reporter if they
hated Christians and Jews, one suspect replied by declaring “Long live
In April 2009, Elgrisi led an investigation into a terror cell
made up of six Israeli Arabs and a Beduin from the North that had
advanced stage in a plot to carry out an attack on Israelis. The cell
prepared several explosive devices and simulated the kidnapping of
while engaging in Internet communications with a terror operative based
known as “Abu Kassam.”
The cell filmed its preparations, Elgrisi said
last year, adding that in one exercise, a member pretended to be an IDF
while the remainder of the group practiced abducting him.