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5 Arabs Indicted for Temple Mount Shooting Plot

The gang was supported by the Hamas military wing, the Izz a-Din al-Qassam Brigade, and Fatah's military arm, The Al-Aqsa martyrs Brigade.
The captured cell in Jerusalem District Court.

The captured cell in Jerusalem District Court.
Photo Credit: Tali Meyer

The Jerusalem District Attorney on Thursday filed in District Court an indictment against five young residents of East Jerusalem, accused of participating in a conspiracy to commit kidnapping and shooting attacks against Jewish civilians in the city. According to the indictment, in February the group leader, Nur Hamdan, decided to launch a shooting attack on Jews coming to pray on the Temple Mount and against the police in East Jerusalem.

The indictment says that Hamdan recruited a gang of four young residents of Ras al-Amud and of a-Tur. To reach the recruits, Hamdan was in touch with the Hamas military wing, the Izz a-Din al-Qassam Brigade, and Fatah’s military arm, The Al-Aqsa martyrs Brigade, and with terrorists in Judea and Samaria and the Gaza Strip. Those organizations gave their support to the new gang with training and weapons to carry out the plan.

During the months of February and March, the gang members, most of them in their 20s, held meetings in which they drew plans to shoot Jewish worshipers on the Temple Mount and police forces stationed in Jerusalem. Also, the members planned to kidnap a Jew in order to take his gun and kill him, and then commit more criminal offenses.

According to the indictment, early last month two defendants, Imad Shaar and Jalal Qutub, planned to grab a Jews and kill him in order to obtain his weapon. They decided to ride between pickup stands for hitchhikers, and welcome into their vehicle an armed Jewish civilian (many Israeli civilians who live east of the green line carry handguns), grab his weapon and then murder him.

The two men, along with defendant Amjad Razem, drove two vehicles towards the Pisgat Ze’ev neighborhood, with one of them carrying a weapon. They picked up a Jewish civilian who was at a bus stop, looking to reach the Adam settlement. But once it became clear that their passenger did not carry a weapon, the defendants dropped him at the entrance to his destination.

So, really, the only thing the terrorist gang actually managed to execute is giving a lift to a Jew.

During his interrogation by the General Security Service, the head of the cell confessed to planning to carry out military operations on the Temple Mount, “to protect the Al-Aqsa Mosque.” The plan was inspired by videos bio he had watched on You Tube about attacks carried out in Jerusalem, especially the attack against the Merkaz Harav yeshiva in 2008.

According to the indictment, Hamdan contacted the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade in Gaza and Shchem, and asked for assistance to carry out a shooting attack against security forces on the Temple Mount. He later recruited his friends, Omar Wazwaz, Shaer and Qutub, who live in aTur, for the attack.

Members of the cell carried out several gun target practices near the Qalandia refugee camp, north of Jerusalem, and were planning to go to Shchem to meet with a local Tanzim terrorist, to ask him for assistance with weapons and money for their activities.

The indictment also states that two guns, magazines and a pipe bomb were seized from the home of another defendant, Firas Dajani, a resident of aTur.

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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8 Responses to “5 Arabs Indicted for Temple Mount Shooting Plot”

  1. Tensions on the Korean Peninsula and in Gaza are once again on the rise. Month by month, and week by week the middle east spins more out of control. Iran continues unwavering on it’s march in the development of nuclear weapons and Assad the dictator of Syria is still in power. Current intelligence seems uncertain of when Iran will get the bomb and Israel cannot afford to gamble with this. Assad of Syria looks like he may be willing to use weapons of mass destruction against his own people and against near by nations as well. If this situation does not drastically change soon for the better, I believe the war in Isaiah Chapter 17 will likely take place. Damascus Syria would be destroyed. The worlds economy would likely collapse as a result and could usher in a one world government movement. I wrote a small 6 page book that outlines what I believe the Bible states will take place soon as well as the potential trends I see at this time. I don’t accept donations and it’s free. It’s a short read. I encourage you to have a look: http://www.booksie.com/religion_and_spirituality/book/richard_b_barnes/after-the-rapture-whats-next.

  2. Yechiel Baum says:

    hang them at the temple mount entrance like Haman for the world to see what happens when you mess with the Jews!

  3. rgonce.blogspot.com

  4. Inspite of all that it is the Israelis who are viewed by the Left as the "aggressors."

  5. Inspite of all that it is the Israelis who are viewed by the Left as the "aggressors."

  6. It's great these murderous thugs were caught and indicted. The next step is for Israel to get rid of the country club prisons. I saw a program that actually went into an Israeli prison. If there wasn't bars on the doors, you would mistake it for a resort. These people had specially made food. Attended classes. Recreation time. Muslims were allowed to pray ten thousand times a day. Even the opportunity to earn a college degree. Most of these people have it better in prison than they would if they were free. These and many other Arab nutcases attempted to murder Israeli citizens. They should be made to understand this behavior will not be tolerated. The Arabs aren't afraid to go to prison because they know they won't be punished. It's time for that to change.

  7. It's great these murderous thugs were caught and indicted. The next step is for Israel to get rid of the country club prisons. I saw a program that actually went into an Israeli prison. If there wasn't bars on the doors, you would mistake it for a resort. These people had specially made food. Attended classes. Recreation time. Muslims were allowed to pray ten thousand times a day. Even the opportunity to earn a college degree. Most of these people have it better in prison than they would if they were free. These and many other Arab nutcases attempted to murder Israeli citizens. They should be made to understand this behavior will not be tolerated. The Arabs aren't afraid to go to prison because they know they won't be punished. It's time for that to change.

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