(JNS.org) Two Israeli Arabs were charged on Thursday with planning Islamic State-inspired terror attacks in Jenin, Afula, and Jerusalem.
Bahaa al-Din Masarwa, 19, and Ahmad Ahmad, 21, have been accused of supporting a terrorist group and being in contact with Islamic State members. In particular, Masarwa allegedly conspired with his grandfather to commit an Islamic State-inspired shooting attack against Israeli soldiers. The two defendants are also accused of conspiring together to carry out a shooting attack at the Lion's Gate in Jerusalem.
Masarwa is the nephew of Ayman Kanjou, 44, who was accused of trying to join Islamic State in September 2015. He is also a student from Jenin who "passes through the Jamala checkpoint [in Jenin] all the time and was planning to hurt security forces at the checkpoint,” Israel's Northern District Police said in a statement.
Yet Masarwa denies the allegations against the Israeli Arabs. He has said, “We've only been arrested because we have beards,” Yedioth Ahronoth reported.