view of Nazereth 311.
(photo credit: Wayne Stiles)
Three Nazareth residents were charged Sunday with conspiring to organize a
terror squad to carry out attacks against civilians, as well as against soldiers
According to the indictment handed down by the Nazareth
District Court, Ahmed Ghanem and Moataz Shatawi, both 19, and Nour el-Din
Shahade, 18, are charged with conspiracy to commit a crime and possession of
illegal weapons, including planning to make a pipe bomb and improvised
The indictment said the three had used an Internet site to learn
how to assemble an improvised explosive device with a USB
Meeting at Shahade’s home, the suspects attempted to assemble
the makeshift pipe bomb from two hollow tubes, matches from 50 matchboxes,
screws, nails and glue.
Ghanem was also charged with conspiracy to commit
a crime based on allegations that he had made a number of attempts in 2009 and
2010 to smuggle weapons between the West Bank and Israel.
In one such
incident, he allegedly met with a Jenin resident and agreed to sell his M-16
rifle and ammunition in Israel. Ghanem checked prices for another man who sought
the sale of three Kalishnikov rifles. He also offered Ghanem an M- 16 and
bullets, though that deal never materialized.
The indictment also charged
Ghanem of contacting a West Bank resident named Mohammed, who asked him to
obtain an M-16 for $50,000, though the transaction fizzled due to cost disputes.