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A 26-year-old Nazareth man who is the brother of a convicted terror-cell member
was arrested over suspicions that cannot be disclosed at this stage, police
announced on Tuesday.
Nazareth imam indicted for fomenting violence, terrorism
A court-imposed media ban prevents publication of
details regarding the covert investigation that led to the arrest.
suspect is the brother of one of a group of men serving a prison sentence for
murdering taxi driver Yafim Weinstein in 2009.
Weinstein, of Upper
Nazareth, was found dead in his cab.
The following year, police and the
Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) arrested seven Israeli-Arabs who had sworn
allegiance to al- Qaida, and charged them with the murder.
terror-cell members were named then as Ahmed Ali Ahmed, 21, Jalib Janam, 26,
Wassim Allam, 23, Khidar Ziddana, 22, Ahbed Abu-Salim, 19, Adi Azzam, 23, and
Oman Kakhibi, 22 – all Nazareth residents.
The group was described by
police at the time as “one of the most dangerous cells we have
Security forces said the seven founded an extremist Sunni
Islamic group and plotted several lethal acts.
The group was mostly
radicalized online using material found on the Internet, downloaded jihadi
promotional material and instructions to prepare explosives. Police said they
were also influenced by a radical Nazareth imam, Nazim Mahmoud Salim, who was
charged in 2010 with using sermons to incite to violence.
Two of the cell
members, Ahmed and Janam, attempted to travel to an al-Qaida training camp in
Somalia after Weinstein’s murder, but were barred from entering Somalia at the
Three other cell members planned to kidnap a Nazareth
resident, a Christian man who “insulted the prophet Muhammad,” and behead him on
video, but did not go ahead with their plot.
The men also threw stun
grenades and Molotov cocktails at Jewish- and Christian-owned businesses