Terror cell indicted in Jerusalem for allegedly planning Temple Mount attack

(JNS.org) Indictments were filed on Wednesday against members of a recently apprehended terror cell, residents of eastern Jerusalem who allegedly conspired to kidnap and murder an Israeli in order to steal his weapon. The cell had also planned to carry out a terrorist attack at the Temple Mount, Israel Hayom reported.

The Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount, which indicted terror cell leader Nur Hamdan allegedly was trying to "protect" by carrying out an attack on Israeli targets there. Credit: MathKnight/Wikimedia Commons.

The Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) and the Jerusalem police arrested the cell in March. Nur Hamdan, 25, the cell’s leader, allegedly approached the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade in Gaza and Nablus seeking assistance for a shooting attack against Israeli targets on the Temple Mount. He eventually recruited four friends from eastern Jerusalem to assist in the attack, the Shin Bet said.

According to the Shin Bet, during one of their outings, three cell members picked up a Jewish hitchhiker, but upon learning he was not carrying a weapon decided to let him go.

The indictment, filed with the Jerusalem District Court, charges the cell members with a host of crimes, including conspiring to commit a kidnapping, conspiring to commit murder, conspiring to assist an enemy in wartime, assisting an enemy during wartime, contact with an enemy agent, carrying illegal weapons, attempted purchase of illegal weapons, attempted robbery, attempted murder, illegal military training and obstruction of justice.

According to the Shin Bet, Hamdan confessed that he had planned to carry out an attack on the Temple Mount “to protect Al-Aqsa mosque.” He reportedly said that he had been inspired by YouTube videos detailing terror attacks in Jerusalem, especially the 2008 attack at Mercaz Harav yeshiva, in which eight students were killed.

Posted on April 18, 2013 .