8 arrested on weapons charges

Israeli Arabs were allegedly interested in carrying out jihad.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
July 15, 2010 16:07
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Nazereth District Court announced Thursday that eight additional residents of Nazareth were arrested a month ago by Shin Bet (Israeli Security Agency) and police for allegedly trading in illegal firearms.

The state prosecutor submitted a charge sheet against the new suspects, aged 18-33, for illegal weapons trading, carrying and buying weapons without a license, attempting to build a bomb, obstruction of justice and other crimes.

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The charge sheet says the eight are interested in jihad, and visited Muslim extremist websites that give tips on war, terror and weapons.

The eight are thought to be connected to the seven Israeli Arabs affiliated with al-Qaida and Global Jihad that were arrested three weeks ago for allegedly murdering a taxi driver last year, and carrying out a series of terrorist attacks. The group also planned to kidnap soldiers and murder Christians.

The seven said that they founded a group called Aljahabiyya and claim to follow Salafism, an extremist Sunni Islamic movement. Aljahabiyya was formed two years ago, and inspired by and affiliated with al-Qaida and Global Jihad. The group underwent a process of radicalization, using material found on the Internet, including pictures of weaponry and instructions to prepare explosives and perpetrate terrorist attacks. The seven downloaded al-Qaida propaganda movies and speeches by Osama Bin Laden.

Two of the Aljahabiyya attempted to travel to an al-Qaida training camp in Somalia to join the fighting against the Christian "heretics" as well as against the US, but were barred from entering Somalia at the Kenyan border.

Yaakov Katz and Yaakov Lappin contributed to this report


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