Israel arrests Palestinian Authority-linked terrorist who killed hiker

The logo of Israel's Shin Bet security agency. Credit: Shin Bet.

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to Israeli authorities said Wednesday that they have arrested a Palestinian Authority-linked terrorist who shot and killed Israeli hiker Danny Gonen near the community of Dolev in Samaria last month. The Shin Bet security agency, together with the Israel Police and the Israel Defense Forces, also arrested a number of other Palestinians suspected of assisting in the attack.

The suspect has been named as Mohammed Abu Shahin, 30, a resident of the Qalandiya refugee camp. The arrest was made after Shahin called the Israel Police about a week and a half after the June 19 attack and said in Arabic that he had killed Gonen. The recording of the phone call was handed over to the Shin Bet, and Shahin was arrested two days later.

In the past, Shahin was active in the Palestinian Fatah faction’s commando and special operations unit known as Force 17. He received a regular salary from the Palestinian Authority. Between June 2006 and December 2008, Shahin was imprisoned in Israel after confessing to planning terrorist attacks.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lauded the Shin Bet for making the arrest.

“On the day of the murder I declared that we would apprehend this despised, despicable murderer,” Netanyahu said. “The Shin Bet, the IDF, and the police have done just that within a short period of time, while it was obvious that this was a Palestinian Authority man. Those who don’t attack terrorism are bound to be attacked by terrorism.”

Posted on July 16, 2015 .