Members of a Judea and Samaria Hamas Cell Arrested
(Communicated by the ISA)
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Members of a terrorist cell in Judea and Samaria – that worked to advance
attacks on behalf of a Gaza-based Hamas terrorist – were arrested during
November 2017 in a joint Israel Security Agency (ISA)-Israel Police-IDF
During the ISA investigation it was learned that Abdallah Arar, a Hamas
terrorist who was involved in the abduction of the late Sasson Nuriel, was
behind the cell. Arar was expelled to the Gaza Strip in the framework of the
Shalit deal and has since engaged in terrorist activity. He is suspected of
having instructed Ala Salim, a resident of Jaba in the Binyamin area, to
establish a cell and purchase an M-16 in order to perpetrate an attack
forthwith and – to this end – transferred funds to him.
Ala Salim contacted fellow Jaba resident Rian Touam and requested his
assistance in purchasing an M-16 and gave him several thousand shekels. He
also contacted Shehadeh Touam and sought his assistance in recruiting
additional cell members. Shehadeh Touam, in turn, contacted Mahmoud Abu
Arkov, a young Hamas activist from A-Ram and recruited him to the cell.
The investigation is being conducted in coordination with the military
prosecutor who is evaluating the findings prior to the submission of
indictments against the suspects.
An ISA official noted, "The Hamas command in the Gaza Strip has been
increasingly motivated of late to advance attacks via Hamas members in Judea
and Samaria. The security forces will continue to take determined action to
foil Hamas's efforts to carry out attacks in Israel and wish to make it
clear that Hamas in the Gaza Strip will be held responsible for any attack
carried out at its behest."