East Yerushalayim Hamas Operatives Arrested in Conspiracy

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Two Palestinian residents of east Yerushalayim were indicted on Sunday on charges of conspiring to carry out a Hamas-backed terror attack, The Times of Israel reported.

Prosecutors in Yerushalayim District Court said that Adam Muselmani and Mahmoud Abdel Latif were planning a shooting at a beach in Tel Aviv which they would declare as a Hamas operation. The choice of Tel Aviv was reportedly due to the heavy security in the capital, making the relatively less-guarded Tel Aviv an easier site to hit, according to the charge sheet.

The two men first met in 2017 at Nafha Prison in Israel. Following their release in February 2019, they went to Istanbul where they met with a Hamas agent, who allegedly suggested they instead target a public figure. Former Yerushalayim mayor Nir Barkat, ex-police chief Roni Alsheich and then-Likud MK Yehudah Glick were discussed as possible targets.

The Hamas member later gave them funds to carry out the attack.

A third east Yerushalayim man, Issa Bin Nazem Natsheh, was also indicted for contacting the Hamas operative in Istanbul and for using money he received from him.