The Southern District Attorney filed indictments in the Beersheba District Court
on Tuesday, charging two men from Rafah in Gaza with a string of national
The indictments against Zalah and Taimeh come days
after the district attorney charged another Gaza resident, Ahram al-Zufi, with
similar national security offenses, including membership of Palestinian Islamic
The indictments allege that the two men, Rafah residents Zalah bin
Mussa al-Zufi and Rami Bin Farid Abu Taimeh, are members of the Saladin
Brigades, the military wing of the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC), and of
Both men were arrested on January 18 after infiltrating Israel,
which they allegedly did to be imprisoned and then receive a salary from the
Palestinian Prisoners Association.
A Palestinian Authority law enacted in
2011 grants monthly salaries of around NIS 1,500 to Palestinians imprisoned in
Israel for terror-related offenses.
According to the indictment against
Zalah, the Rafah resident agreed to join Hamas in 2010, after he met with
Abdullah Jamiah Zufi, an agent from the terror group’s military wing. Abdullah
asked Zalah to report to him about IDF ground or Air Force activity on the Gaza
border, which Zalah allegedly did for five months, receiving around NIS 100 each
The indictment further charges that towards the end of 2010, Zalah
met with an agent of the Saladin Brigades, who asked him to join the
organization’s ‘Ribat’ squad and carry out armed-guard duty on the Gaza border.
After taking part in military training , Zalah allegedly guarded the Hittin base
on the Gaza border in an effort to shoot and kill IDF soldiers.
2011, Zalah received explosives training, including bomb-making and
charge-laying, as well as weapons training, including rifles, rocket-propelled
grenade launchers, the indictment says.
Allegedly, following the
training, the PRC military wing awarded Zalah an official Saladin Brigades
The indictment also charges Zafah with several
attempts to infiltrate Israel, conspiring with Hamas activists to trade in
illegal weapons and with recruiting a 16-year-old minor, known only as “Alef,”
to pass details of IDF air and ground force movements near the Gaza border to
the Saladin Brigades.
In December 2011, the indictment further alleges,
Zalah toured the Gaza border with a Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) member,
Rashad Odeh Abu Sanimeh, where the two watched IDF activity. Shortly afterward,
Rashad contacted Zalah, who allegedly agreed to join a plot to kill Israeli
soldiers patrolling the border fence.
Zalah’s role in the PIJ squad was
to assist the others, and help them carry weapons, including RPGs and machine
guns, the indictment says.
In early January, Zalah and Rashad allegedly
met near the border, where they extinguished street lamps to make it easier for
the squad to carry out the attack. However, Rashad called off the attack at the
last minute, telling Zalah that his squad was not in the area, the indictment
In a separate indictment, the district attorney charges Taimeh with
joining the Saladin Brigades in August or September 2011, where he participated
in explosives and rifle training, also at the Hittin base. The indictment also
alleges that Taimeh also carried out guard duty with the “Ribat” squad, where he
planned to shoot and kill Israeli soldiers.
Allegedly, in October 2011
Taimeh spent six days helping dig a tunnel between Rafah into Egypt, receiving
NIS 600 for his work. The tunnel is owned by an Egyptian family from Khan Younis
and the Saladin Brigades used it to transfer weapons from Egypt to Gaza, for use
by terror organizations, the indictment says. In December 2011, Taimeh allegedly
helped dig another tunnel, this time owned by a Gaza man nicknamed Abu Said Abu
In January 2012, the indictment says, Abu Taha asked Taimeh to
contact a man nicknamed “Al-Qaddafi,” so the two could carry out a plot to fire
rockets into Israel and murder Israeli civilians.
Allegedly, Taimeh and
“Al-Qaddafi” plotted to bring a six-kilometer-ranged rocket launcher from Egypt
through the tunnel, and then launch a rocket from open fields near Rafah into
Both Taimeh and Zalah were arrested by IDF forces on January 18
when they infiltrated Israel.
Prior to crossing the border, Zalah
allegedly contacted Alef, the 16-year-old boy he recruited previously, and asked
him to come with him. Zalah and Taimeh took handguns, grenades and a flak jacket
with them, the indictment charges, as well as documents to prove their
membership in the Saladin Brigades terror group, so that when they were
imprisoned they would be eligible for a salary from the PA.
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