Hebrew University - Students Charged with Operating al-Qaeda
Cell on Campus
Israeli Arabs charged with operating al-Qaeda cell
(Video) Hebrew University students indicted of trying to build
terror infrastructure in Jerusalem. One of suspects allegedly
collected information in attempt to shoot down helicopter carrying
senior official during US President Bush's visit to Israel
VIDEO - Cleared for publication: The Shin Bet
and the police have arrested six Israeli Arabs, four of them
residents of east Jerusalem, on suspicion of planning to operate an
al-Qaeda cell in
Among the suspects are students at the Hebrew
University in Jerusalem.
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.
All the suspects were charged with membership
in a terror organization. Some of them will be tried for aiding the
enemy at a time of war, possessing propaganda material in favor of a
terror organization, soliciting and attempting to solicit others to
join a terror organization.
According to the indictments filed against them
Friday, the six used to meet at the al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.
They surfed al-Qaeda websites containing radical Islam content,
where they also found instructions for the production of explosive
Taking an interest in Bush's chopper
One of the detainees lived in the Hebrew
University dorms which overlook the university's landing ground.
According to the suspicions, he watched the landing ground in
January 2008, during US President George W. Bush's
visit to Israel.
He also allegedly looked for instructions for
shooting down a landing helicopter on the internet, and took
pictures of the landing choppers using his cellular phone.
The six were arrested in a joint police and
Shin Bet operation between the months of June and July.
About two weeks ago, two residents of the
southern Israeli town of Rahat were indicted Wednesday for allegedly
being al-Qaeda operatives.
Omar Abu-Sakut, who are registered members of the Islamic
Movement, were arrested following a joint Shin Bet, police and
Border Guard operation that took place in June.
Raanan Ben-Zur contributed to this report
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