Singapore Arrests Alleged Hamas Recruit Planning to Kill Jews

YERUSHALAYIM -

A radicalized Muslim has been arrested in Singapore for planning several stabbing attacks on Jews, the AFP cited Singaporean media as reporting on Tuesday.

According to the Straits Time, which frequently quotes security officials, Amirull Ali, 20, planned to kill at least three Jews as they left a shul on Waterloo Street after Shabbos morning tefillos.

Ali, who was a full-time member of the Singapore Armed Forces when he was arrested in February, was radicalized after researching the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on the internet.

According to the Singaporean security services, he planned to travel to the Gaza Strip to join the military wing of the Hamas terrorist group.

Ali had chosen his targets on the assumption that they would have performed their military service in Israel and therefore committed alleged crimes against the Palestinians.

However, Home Affairs and Law Minister K. Shanmugam said that many Jewish people in Singapore are local citizens and would have served in that country’s military and not the IDF.

The man was arrested under the Internal Security Act, one of Singapore’s harshest laws against felonies and misdemeanors, which allows detention without trial.