(JNS.org) Indictments were
filed on Wednesday against members of a recently apprehended terror cell,
residents of eastern Jerusalem who allegedly conspired to kidnap and murder an
Israeli in order to steal his weapon. The cell had also planned to carry out a
terrorist attack at the Temple Mount, Israel
The Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount, which indicted terror cell leader Nur Hamdan allegedly was trying to “protect” by carrying out an attack on Israeli targets there.
The Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) and the
Jerusalem police arrested the cell in March. Nur Hamdan, 25, the cell’s leader,
allegedly approached the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade in Gaza and in Nablus seeking
assistance in preparing a shooting attack against Israeli targets on the Temple
Mount. He eventually recruited four friends from eastern Jerusalem to assist in
the attack, the Shin Bet said.
According to the Shin Bet, during one of
their outings, three cell members picked up a Jewish hitchhiker, but upon
learning he was not carrying a weapon, decided to let him go.
The indictment, filed with the Jerusalem
District Court, charges the cell members with a host of crimes, including
conspiring to commit a kidnapping, conspiring to commit murder, conspiring to
assist an enemy in wartime, assisting an enemy during wartime, contact with an
enemy agent, carrying illegal weapons, attempted purchase of illegal weapons,
attempted robbery, attempted murder, illegal military training and obstruction
According to the Shin Bet, Hamdan confessed
that he had planned to carry out an attack on the Temple Mount “to protect
Al-Aqsa mosque.” He reportedly said that he had been inspired by YouTube videos
detailing terror attacks in Jerusalem, especially the 2008 attack at Mercaz
Harav yeshiva (in which eight students were killed).