It was cleared for publication today that three residents of Jadeidi-Makr planned to carry out terror attacks against Jewish Israelis. The three were on their way to Jerusalem to commit a stabbing attack but decided not to carry it out in the end. However, they continued to plan terror attacks.

The suspects, today

The suspects, today Photo Credit: Channel 2 News

Today (Wednesday), the Haifa District Court cleared for publication the details of a case that was investigated by the Shin Bet and Israel Police. The case involves three residents of the Arab town of Jadeidi-Makr who were arrested on suspicions of planning several terror attacks against Jewish Israelis.

According to the indictment that was filed against them, the three were inspired by Nishat Milhem, the terrorist who carried out the shooting attack in Tel Aviv in January 2016. Shortly after the terror attack, one of the suspects suggested that the three carry out a stabbing attack at Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate. The three were on their way to Israel’s capital city with two large knives but when they arrived, they decided against carrying out the attack.

According to the indictment, the three thought that a shooting attack would result in more causalities and therefore, they decided against carrying out the stabbing attack. It also appears that during the ride to Jerusalem, the suspects received a phone call from a friend who convinced them not to carry out the stabbing attack by claiming that it is against the principles of Islam.

After returning from Jerusalem, the three planned to carry out a shooting attack at Northern Israel’s Ahihud Junction. However, this terror attack was never carried out by the suspects.

Nevertheless, the suspects continued to plan terror attacks: About a month ago, one of the suspects visited Acre in order to locate a synagogue, which would be the target of the suspects’ new shooting attack that they were planning.

The three suspects are being charged with attempted murder, conspiracy to commit a crime and several weapons charges.