Daburiyya Terror cell 311.
(photo credit: Courtesy of Israel Police)
Five residents of Daburiya, east of Nazareth, were arrested this month on
suspicion of plotting to carrying out terrorist attacks on several targets,
police announced on Thursday, following the lifting of a media ban.
arrests were carried out by the northern police district’s central unit in
coordination with the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency). Some of the suspects
studied at the University of Haifa University or at the Technion- Israel
Institute of Technology.
“They planned to attack an IDF soldier and a
border policeman who lived in the village and steal their weapons. They selected
‘candidates’ from which they planned to steal weapons and carry out future
attacks,” police said.
The suspects are affiliated with the Salafiya
Jihadiya group, police added.
One of the suspects considered working at a
government office or a strategic factory for the purpose of planning an attack,
a police spokesman said.
Cmdr. Ronni Atiya, head of the police’s Northern
District, said the suspects formed a “dangerous cell that conspired to attack
security personnel and civilians.”
Police said one suspect, Aslam Atrash,
set up an Internet forum in which he published articles supporting Salafiya
Jihadiya and its extremist stances.”
Salafiya Jihadiya members urge
followers to launch armed attacks on Israel, the West and Arab-Muslim countries
deemed as being insufficiently religious.
Atrash is also suspected of
being in contact with Sheikh Nathm Sakafa of Nazareth, who police said heads the
Ansar Allah organization in the area, a group that was banned by Defense
Minister Ehud Barak.
The suspects also confessed to viewing online videos
instructing them on firearms training and how to assemble
explosives. Sketches of electric circuits used for assembling bombs were
downloaded by one of the suspects as preparations for “future attacks,” police
added. In the short term, the suspects planned to attack a local police
station, attack security personnel and steal their firearms.
forces said the cell posed a clear security threat due to its extreme ideology,
which was fed by “content downloaded from the Internet, and the readiness of
Israeli civilians to act violently within Israel and against its
In 2009, Yafim Weinstein, of Upper Nazareth, was murdered
by a terrorist cell affiliated with the Salafiya Jihadiya network.
Northern District Attorney’s Office issued indictments for five residents of
Daburiya who were arrested last week for involvement in plotting terrorist
These included indictments against Ibrahim and Ismail Actilat,
charging them with a conspiracy to carry out attacks against
Ibrahim was also charged with attempting to manufacture
In addition, the Northern District Attorney’s Office
announced on Thursday it had filed last week indictments against three men,
Islam Atrash, Mehdi Saleh and Shadi Ibrahim, also from Daburiya, for offenses
including conspiracy, attempting to provide the means to commit a crime, and
illegal entry into computer systems.
The district attorney has also filed
requests to detain all five suspects for the duration of legal
A remand hearing scheduled for Thursday for the suspects at
the Nazareth Magistrate’s Court was pushed back until Monday.
lawyer, Rafi Masalaha, said the affair was based on little more than phone
“This started with accusations of setting up a terror cell and
resulted in a minor indictment,” Masalaha said.Joanna Paraszczuk
contributed to this report.