Indictment: 22-year-old Palestinian man suspected of planning Hamas terror activities in Israel

A young man was arrested about a month ago due to the suspicion that he was recruited to Hamas and received encrypted messages from Hamas headquarters in Turkey: “The Hamas leadership continues to be assisted by members returning to Judea and Samaria in order to promote terrorist activity.”
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 A young man was arrested due to the suspicion that he was recruited into the Hamas terror organization and was instructed by Hamas headquarters in Turkey to promote terrorist activity in Israel, the Shin Bet announced.  Malek Nasser Youssef Chizmar has been in custody since last February. An indictment was filed against him.

Chizmar, age 22 from Qalqilya, was arrested by the Shin Bet in cooperation with the IDF: “In his investigation with the Shin Bet, it became clear that Chizmar, who in recent years lived in Turkish Cyprus, was recruited in August 2015 to Hamas during his stay in Jordan.”

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The investigation also indicated that Chizmar received training in Syria, where he learned how to shoot and manufacture explosives: “In January 2017, shortly before Chizmar returned to Judea and Samaria, he met in Istanbul with Hamas members who instructed him to recruit Hamas members within the State of Israel.”

During his interrogation, the young man handed over to the Shin Bet memory cards that he received from Hamas, which included encrypted messages to assist him in the fulfillment of his mission: “This investigation demonstrates Hamas activity abroad including on Turkish soil under the direction of Salah Aruri,” the Shin Bet stated. “The Hamas leadership continues to be assisted by members returning to Judea and Samaria in order to promote terrorist activity while its senior level terrorists operate undisturbed in various countries abroad.”



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