Israeli-Arab Hebrew University students charged with operating al-Qaeda cell
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
The Israel security forces have recently arrested six Israeli Arabs, four of them residents of east Jerusalem, on suspicion of planning to operate an al-Qaeda cell in Israel.
The six, which include Hebrew University students, were indicted of trying to build terror infrastructure in Jerusalem and planned to carry out terrorist attacks in Israel, including an attack on a helicopter carrying a senior official during US President Bush's visit to Israel.
Some of the suspects will be tried for aiding the enemy at a time of war and for soliciting and attempting to solicit others to join a terror organization. They were all charged with membership in a terror organization.
One of the detainees, who lived in the Hebrew University dorms which overlook the university's landing ground, has recorded helicopter landings in the area using his cell phone and also, allegedly, looked for instructions for shooting down a landing helicopter on the internet.
The six suspects were identified as:
- Ibrahim Nashef, 22, of Tayibe, a physics and computer sciences student at the Hebrew University;
- Muhammas Najem, 24, of Nazareth, a chemistry student at the Hebrew University;
- Yusef Sumarin, 21, of the Jerusalem village of Beit Hanina;
- Anas Shawiki, 21, of the Jerusalem town of Jabel Mukaber;
- Kamal Abu Kwaider, 22, of Jerusalem's Old City; and
- Ahmed Shawiki, 21, of the Jerusalem town of Shuafat.
- "The Israel security forces recently detained six Israeli and East Jerusalem Arabs, some of them students." — , July 21, 2008
- Raanan Ben-Zur. "Neighbors stunned by reports on Arab Israeli al-Qaeda cell" — , July 18, 2008
- Efrat Weiss. "6 Israeli Arabs charged with operating al-Qaeda cell" — , July 18, 2008 (VIDEO)
- Abe Selig. "Hebrew U. students not surprised by al-Qaida arrests" — , July 20, 2008