2 Arab Israelis held on terror charges

Suspect says he was inspired by al-Qaida, spent hours surfing global jihad Web sites.

IDF arrest 224.88 (photo credit: AP [file])
IDF arrest 224.88
(photo credit: AP [file])
Two Israeli Arabs have been arrested for allegedly planning al-Qaida inspired terror attacks against Israeli targets, the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) released for publication on Thursday. The two, from the city of Jaljulya in northern Israel, were arrested in a joint Shin Bet-Israel Police operation. Akhrama Jurin, a 21-year-old economics student, and a 17-year-old minor were arrested a month-and-a-half ago and confessed to having planned a number of global jihad-inspired attacks against Israel. Jurin told interrogators that he was influenced by al-Qaida philosophy and used to spend hours surfing global jihad Web sites and listening to speeches of radical Islamic preachers. Jurin showed the minor arrested with him videotapes of the radical speeches and convinced him to assist in planning attacks against IDF soldiers. In an effort to obtain a weapon, the two drove to the Kassem junction with plans to kidnap a soldier, stab him and steal his weapon. They ditched their plan after soldiers did not appear at the junction's hitchhiking post. Jurin also used the internet to learn how to produce an explosive device and conducted several chemical experiments together with the minor. The two eventually succeeded in manufacturing two homemade bombs. Security officials warned of the use of the internet as a means for global jihad ideas to infiltrate the homes of Israeli Arabs.