Shin Bet arrests 16 Arab suspects in eastern Jerusalem for Hamas ties

The Hamas flag. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

( The Israeli Security Service (Shin Bet) has arrested 16 suspects in eastern Jerusalem for ties to the Palestinian terror group Hamas.

According to the Shin Bet, the 16 men were “prominent operatives with Hamas in East Jerusalem and members of its operations branch and among the leaders of its activities at the Temple Mount.”

Several of the men had served previous prison terms for being members of Hamas. The Shin Bet added that the arrest highlights Hamas’s efforts to expand and recruit members in Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Recently, the Shin Bet also uncovered a plot by Arab men affiliated with al-Qaeda in eastern Jerusalem to target the U.S. Embassy, the Jerusalem Convention Center, and other civilian targets.

Posted on January 28, 2014 .