Arab Arrested for Organizing Terror Cell

YERUSHALAYIM -
IDF soldiers arrest a wanted terrorist. (Nati Shohat/Flash90, File)

A 21-year-old Arab resident of Yerushalayim has been arrested on charges of organizing a terror cell which was to carry out an attack, it was announced Thursday. A month-long investigation by police, the IDF and the Shin Bet led investigators to the home of the suspect in an Arab neighborhood of the city, where they found materials related to the potential attack, including materials to incite to violence that were being distributed to recruits of the terror cell the suspect was building. An indictment will be filed against him Friday, officials said. They did not say on behalf of which terror organization he was working.

Security officials said that this is the second time the suspect has been arrested on these charges; he was paroled from prison last September after serving an eight-month sentence on charges related to organizing a terror cell. As he is still on parole, the suspect will have to serve the rest of his term for his original sentence, as well as any additional time he is sentenced to for his current offense, officials said.

Overnight Wednesday, security officials said they arrested a wanted security suspect in the village of Dura, near Chevron. The suspect was wanted for participating in rioting and throwing stones and firebombs that endangered Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers.