– 2 ISRAELI ARABS ARRESTED FOR TERROR
Two Israelis were arrested by the Israeli security service – Shin.Bet earlier this month for allegedly setting up an Islamic Jihad cell near Ramallah and planning to assassinate air force pilots and scientists, as was released for publication on Thursday 08/28/2008.
The men – both from the Western Galilee town of Shfaram – were identified as Anis Saffouri a 20-year-old student at Bir-Zeit University north of Ramallah, and Husam Halili, a 19-year-old who studies in Jordan.
The pair confessed to contacting PALESTINIAN Islamic Jihad’s headquarters in Syria and to raising funds to buy weapons. The cell members underwent training and planned a shooting attack on an IDF checkpoint near Ramallah as well as attacks against Palestinians suspected of coolaborating with Israel.
They had also begun planning the assassination of key Israeli figures such as IAF pilots, scientists and university lecturers. Anis Saffouri told investigators that after moving to Ramallah in 2006, he became friendly with members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine as well as with reporters from Hizbullah’s Al-Manar satellite news station.
Anis Saffouri allegedly set up the cell together with Islamic Jihad members from Ramallah, and had recruited Husam Halili as someone who could potentially transfer money from Jordan to Israel. Husam Halili told interrogators he had been aware of Anis’s plans to commit acts of terrorism. The two suspects will be indicted next week.
* It is not the first time that Hizbullah’s Al-Manar reporters were caught in recruiting to terror Palestinian activists.
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