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October 14, 2016 1:07 pm

Israel Indicts Members of Islamic State Cell Preparing ‘Judgment Day’ Attack

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Amir Jabarah, left, and Ibrahim Abdel Halim Sheikh Yusuf, right. Photo: Shin Bet.

Amir Jabarah, left, and Ibrahim Abdel Halim Sheikh Yusuf, right. Photo: Shin Bet. – Three Arab Israelis believed to be affiliated with the Islamic State terror group were indicted Thursday for several security-related offenses, including conspiring to carry out a major terrorist attack, Israel’s Shin Bet security agency said.

Ibrahim Abdel Halim Sheikh Yusuf, Muhammad Nashef and Amir Jabarah — all residents of Taybeh, a village northeast of Jerusalem — were arrested in September in a joint operation between the police and Shin Bet.

The indictment of the suspected ISIS cell members by the Lod District Court also includes counts of affiliation with a terrorist organization and arms smuggling.

The police asked the court to remand all three suspects pending the conclusion of legal proceedings.

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According to available details, the three had sworn allegiance to Islamic State and were planning what the prosecution called a “Judgment Day-style” attack against “infidels.” They were allegedly planning to target the soccer stadium in Taybeh.

They reportedly planned to smuggle weapons by digging a tunnel from the West Bank Palestinian city of Tulkarem, east of Netanya, into the borders of pre-1967 Israel, and hide the cache under Yusuf’s house.

They were also allegedly trying to expand a pre-existing tunnel that Yusuf and Jabarah had found near the security fence close to Taybeh. The cell members succeeded in expanding the tunnel by a few feet before the arrests. The suspects led interrogators to the tunnel, which the military then swept and sealed.

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