Israel nabs Islamic State cell preparing 'Judgment Day' attack


(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to Three Palestinians believed to be affiliated with the Islamic State were indicted Thursday for conspiring to carry out a major terrorist attack, the Shin Bet security agency said.

Amir Jabarah, left, and Ibrahim Abdel Halim Sheikh Yusuf, right, alleged members of an Islamic State terror cell from the Israeli Arab village of Taybeh. Credit: Shin Bet. 

Ibrahim Abdel Halim Sheikh Yusuf, 26, Muhammad Nashef, 32, and Amir Jabarah, 20, all residents of Taybeh, northeast of Jerusalem, were arrested in September in a joint police-Shin Bet operation. They were indicted Thursday before the Lod District Court on several security-related offenses, including affiliation with a terrorist organization, arms smuggling, and conspiracy to commit an act of terrorism.

The police asked the court to remand all three suspects pending the conclusion of legal proceedings.

According to available details, the three had sworn allegiance to Islamic State and were planning what the prosecution called a "Judgment Day-style" attack against "infidels." They were allegedly planning to target the soccer stadium in Taybeh.

They allegedly planned to smuggle weapons using a tunnel dug between the Palestinian city of Tulkarem, east of Netanya, and Israel, and hide the cache under Yusuf's house. They were also trying to expand a pre-existing tunnel that Yusuf and Jabarah had found near the security fence close to Taybeh.

The cell expanded the tunnel by a few feet before its members were arrested. The suspects led interrogators to the tunnel, which the military then swept and sealed.

Posted on October 14, 2016 .