Terrorist Released After 14 Years Re-Arrested – A Week Later

YERUSHALAYIM -
Israeli border policemen on duty at a checkpoint as a Palestinian man makes his way out of the eastern Yerushalayim neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber, on Thursday. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Israeli border policemen on duty at a checkpoint at the eastern Yerushalayim neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Six additional participants in the “release party” of an Arab terrorist who was released last week after serving 14 years in prison on terror charges were arrested over the weekend, police said. Two days ago, police picked up Sofian Abdo, the terrorist who was the “star” of the party, on charges of promoting terror and encouraging incitement.

Sofian was arrested, tried, and sentenced for his part in a plot to poison Jewish customers at a downtown coffee shop in Yerushalayim. He conspired with a cook at the Rimon coffee shop to poison drinks that were to be served to patrons. B’chasdei Shamayim, security officials got wind of the plot and prevented the two from carrying out their plan.

Upon his release last week, his family arranged for a “release party” in their Jabel Mukaber home. Footage of the party, taken by police, shows the flying of Hamas flags, and audio recordings have Abdo and others advocating additional terror attacks against Israelis. His six accomplices, along with Abdo, are to be charged with similar crimes.

Over the weekend, police arrested two Arabs who had broken into a home in the Israeli town of Anatot, in the Chevron Hills region. The purpose of the break-in was criminal, police said.