The Yerushalayim District Court on Monday sentenced three eastern Yerushalayim Arabs for conspiring to carry out shooting and kidnapping attacks on Jews visiting Har HaBayis and Israeli security forces at the site.
They received sentences of from 3.5 to 13 years in prison for a range of crimes, including attempted murder and assisting the enemy in a time of war.
According to the indictment, the conspiracy formed in February 2013 in Ras Al-Amud and Al-Tur, in east Yerushalayim, as well as in the capital’s Old City, said the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency).
The terror cell met several times in February and March and intended to help enemy terror organizations in their war against Israel, underwent training with firearms, and took actions to implement specific plans of terror.
The cell planned to kidnap a Jew with a weapon in order to kill him and also steal his weapon for future terror activities. One of the members confessed during interrogation to planning to open fire on Israelis at Har HaBayis “to defend the Al-Aqsa Mosque.”
The Shin Bet said that the cell was found in possession of two handguns, a pipe bomb, and ammunition.