The Tel Aviv District Attorney’s office filed an indictment with the Tel Aviv
Magistrate’s Court on Monday against Mahmoud Abu Anza for allegedly illegally
ferrying from the West Bank border to Bat Yam the December bus bomber, Sami
Abu Anza, 24, and an Israeli citizen of Tel Sheva, drove the
car that brought al-Harimi to Bat Yam bus 240 on December 22,
Besides being charged for transporting around illegal border
crossers under aggravated circumstances, Abu Anza was also charged with
conspiracy to commit a misdemeanor, driving without a driver’s license, driving
without car insurance and disrupting police from their duty.
the court spokesman cleared for publication details of the Shin Bet’s (Israel
Security Agency) arrests of 14 members of an Islamic Jihad terrorist group from
Bethlehem who were suspected of involvement with the bomb attack.
passengers of the bus narrowly escaped the bombing when an alert passenger
informed the driver of a suspected package on the bus.
evacuated the bus while another passenger looking inside the bag found what he
said looked like a pressure cooker with a red wire coming out of
According to the Shin Bet, during their interrogations, the detainees
admitted that in recent months the group decided to carry out a mass killing in
The four central suspects arrested are al-Harimi, 20, Yosef
Salamah, 22, Sahaha Tamari, 24, his brother Hamadi Tamari, 21.
was created by the Tamari brothers and Salamah, said court documents. They used
at least 1.25 kg of improvised explosives, nails and screws and attached it to a
cellular operating system for remote operation, according to court
The bomb was delivered to al-Harimi, hidden inside in a black
handbag, who traveled to the southern Hebron hills and illegally crossed over
the border to Israel, court documents alleged.
The indictment said that
al-Harimi then got into Abu Anza’s car and was driven, along with other men that
had crossed with him, to Jaffa around 12:40. Al-Harimi got on the Dan bus line
240, put the bomb in the center of the bus and got off the bus, alleged the
indictment. A few minutes later, around 2:30 p.m., he called the cellular device
attached to the bomb to set it off, said the indictment.
interrogation al-Harimi, who was arrested in Bethlehem on December 26, stated
his intention to commit a larger act of terror in the Tel Aviv area around the
same time period, said the Shin Bet.
The prosecution has asked for
al-Harimi to be remanded to police custody until the end of the proceedings
against him, with the next hearing on the issue to be held on January
The date for al-Harimi’s arraignment is still yet to be
The other defendants’ cases are being handled on an ongoing basis by
the Shin Bet and the IDF West Bank Prosecution and indictments may not be
forthcoming for several weeks or longer.
Jerusalem Post staff contributed
to this report.