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(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski )
Thirteen Jerusalem Arabs have been arrested in a joint Shin Bet (Israel Security
Agency) and Police investigation – revealed to the public on Monday – into a
series of terrorist attacks in the Silwan area in recent months.
arrests were made on May 30, in connection with an attack on a car in Silwan on
March 3 in which a resident of Beit Yehonatan – a seven-story Jewish residential
structure built without a permit in the Silwan neighborhood in east Jerusalem –
Issa Abassi, 25, Taed Fatafta, 26 and Mussa Fatafta, 24, all
from the Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabal Mukabar, were arrested on
carrying out the attack.
Abassi confessed that on March 1, the Fatafta
brothers opened fire on a passing car, while he carried out surveillance
area. Taed surrendered the weapon that was allegedly used in the attack,
as another pistol, both of which underwent forensic analysis.
In a second
attack, which took place on May 2 this year, a security jeep from the
David was attacked and one guard was injured.
Seven suspects from Silwan
were arrested in connection with the incident, in which terrorists
on the road, hid with rocks and Molotov cocktails and ambushed the
In a March 16 attack, a police officer was injured in a shooting in
According to confessions taken as part of the investigation,
a group of local Israeli Arabs decided to perpetrate the attack during
demonstrations against the reopening of the Hurva synagogue in the Old
Weapons were surrendered during the investigation.
officials noted that the arrests underlined the increasing occurrence of
Jerusalem Arab involvement in violent terrorist attacks.