Shin Bet apprehends Jewish terror cell targeting Palestinians

The Shin Bet logo. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to Israel’s Shin Bet security agency, together with the Israel Police, has exposed a cell of Jewish terrorists who committed acts of violence against Palestinians across Judea and Samaria in 2015, the agency announced Wednesday. The cell’s exposure prevented a number of serious attacks that could have resulted in murder, the Shin Bet said.

In a statement issued after a gag order placed on the investigation was lifted, the Shin Bet said that during the second half of 2015, six members of the cell committed a number of attacks, chiefly arson against Palestinian homes and vehicles. Two of the attacks involved setting fire to Palestinian homes while their inhabitants were inside.

The intelligence gathered by the Shin Bet pointed to a terrorist cell in the Jewish community of Nahliel in the western Binyamin region, near the Palestinian villages of Beitillu and Deir Ammar.

The Shin Bet is currently interrogating the members of the cell and says the suspects have implicated themselves in terrorist activities, including attempts to target inhabited Palestinian homes, assault, throwing rocks from a moving vehicle, and other attacks.

Re-enactments of the crimes along with the suspects' confessions revealed an extremist and violent group that systematically targeted Palestinians and their property, fully aware of the possibility that human lives could be lost. Even after the firebombing by Jewish terrorists of the Dawabshe home in Duma, in which three members of the Dawabshe family were killed, the group continued its activity and said members were "inspired" by the Duma arson.

Two of the main suspects in the case are minors. Other suspects include a 19-year-old soldier and three adults, including two residents of Nahliel and a resident of Kiryat Arba.

Posted on April 20, 2016 .