Shin Bet Arrests Israeli-Arab Who Planned to Bomb Ashdod Hotel

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The Carlo-style rifle belonging to Adel Abu Hadayeb. (Shin Bet)

The Shin Bet announced Sunday that it had caught an Israeli-Arab man who was planning to carry out a terror attack in an Ashdod hotel.

Adel Abu Hadayeb, 20, of the southern Bedouin town of Rahat, was indicted Sunday in the Be’er Sheva District Court for allegedly planning to bomb the Leonardo Hotel in Ashdod, which was near where he worked as a gardener.

It was cleared for publication that Abu Hadayeb was arrested for interrogation in June as part of a joint effort by the Shin Bet and Police.

Abu Hadayeb became a supporter of the Hamas terror group after being exposed to online propaganda materials for the group, the indictment reads, and had already attempted to construct a bomb for the attack by the time he was arrested.

Grenades belonging to Adel Abu Hadayeb. (Shin Bet)

The Shin Bet also said that he attempted to build a rocket, and had purchased some of the materials needed.

After his arrest, he led investigators to a stash of five grenades (two stun grenades, one smoke grenade and two tear-gas grenades) as well as a “Carlo” submachine gun he had collected.

In a statement, the Shin Bet said Abu Hadayeb’s alleged radicalization was part of a trend in which Israeli-Arabs were being “influenced by Hamas propaganda spread on social networks and through Palestinian media.”