(February 26, 2018 / JNS) Three Israeli Arabs were indicated for a plot to carry out an a terror attack on the Temple Mount or other religious targets, said Israel’s Shin Bet security agency.
The men were identified as Mohammed Masoud Jabarin and Amad Lutfi Mohammed Jabarin, both 20; the third suspect is a juvenile. All hail from the Israeli Arab city of Umm al-Fahm. They were arrested over the past two months, with their indictments filed on Monday.
According to the Shin Bet, the Arab cell planned to carry out a shooting attack on the Temple Mount similar to the attack on July 14, which killed two Israeli police officers. That attack was also carried out by three Israeli Arabs from Umm al-Fahm, and led to weeks of tensions between Israel, Jordan and the Palestinians.
Additionally, the Shin Bet said that the cell members, who support the Islamic State, also discussed carrying out attacks on other holy sites, including synagogues and churches, or also against Israeli soldiers or police.
According to the agency, “the Shin Bet considers Israelis who support the Islamic State terrorist organization as a serious threat, especially those who maintain contacts with the organization’s activists and operate under the auspices of the organization in the territory of the State of Israel.”