The Shin Bet and Israel Police arrested a Hamas member from the Shuafat refugee camp who planned to carry out a suicide bombing on a bus in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Pisgat Ze’ev. Before arriving at the decision to carry out the suicide bombing, he contemplated carrying out various attacks such as a stabbing attack.
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It was cleared for publication today (Tuesday) that the Shin Bet and Israel Police arrested a resident of the Shuafat refugee camp under the suspicion that he planned to carry out a series of deadly terror attacks in the city.
The suspect, Muhammad Fuaz Ibrahim Jolani, holds Israeli citizenship. During his interrogations, the security forces discovered that he contacted a Hamas member in Gaza a few months ago and expressed his desire to carry out terror attacks against Israelis.
The security forces also discovered that a few scenarios of possible terror attacks were discussed. Among other possibilities, the two discussed a series of coordinated terror attacks and planting an explosive device at a store where Jolani was employed in 2011. In addition, the two discussed planting bombs at central locations in Jerusalem such as the Jerusalem Central Bus Station and Malha Mall. These scenarios were rejected because of the tight security measures in place at these locations.
The scenario that was agreed upon in the end was a suicide bombing on a bus in Pisgat Ze’ev, which is near the terrorist’s home. Jolani was instructed to acquire a large amount of explosive material. After he obtained the material, Jolani started to build the bomb and even experimented with the materials. In addition, he traveled to Hebron in order to purchase additional materials. According to the original plan, the terror attack was supposed to take place right after the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha (the Festival of the Sacrifice), which was about a month ago. In order to fund his terror attack, Jolani traveled to Hebron and received 7,000 NIS (approximately $1846) from a local resident.
In addition, the Israeli security forces said that Jolani left his home a year ago in order to carry out a stabbing attack. However, he feared that his home would be destroyed if he carried out the attack. Thus, he decided to return home instead of carrying out the terror attack.