‘We Planted a Bomb in the Soccer Field,’ Arab Israeli Indicted for Joining ISIS Warns Police Operator in Newly Released Recording
The recording of the threatening phone call to the police hotline — made by of one of the Arab Israelis indicted last month for joining ISIS and planning attacks on behalf of the terrorist organization — reveals a chilling threat, Israel’s Channel 2 reported on Wednesday with the release of the tape.
“Listen,” he tells the operator who answered Israel’s equivalent of 911. “We planted a bomb in the [soccer] field in Tayibe. Evacuate all the people from there within 10 minutes, before it explodes.”
According to Channel 2, on October 13, the State Attorney indicted three residents of the central Israeli city of Tayibe — Ibrahim Sheikh Yusuf (26), Amir Jabarah (20) and Muhammad Nashef (32) — on charges of membership in a terrorist organization; conspiracy to commit a crime of enmity against a public; trespassing to commit a crime of enmity against a public and aggravated arson.
In addition, the three were accused of conspiracy to infiltrate and burn down the municipal soccer stadium in Tayibe. They were also charged with planning to prevent the performance of Arab Israeli singer Haitham Khalailah, known for his making it to the finals of “Arab Idol” in Beirut.
The indictment also states that during the past six months, the accused swore allegiance to ISIS and its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
The three were also charged with conspiracy to dig a tunnel underneath the security barrier between Tayibe and the West Bank.
Yusuf was accused of crafting a glider with which to fly to Syria to join ISIS forces there.
Yusuf’s lawyer, Haim Schwartzberg, said, “This story is a hallucination on the part of the Shin Bet [internal security services]… The case is built on flimsy evidence showing his involvement in only part of the things attributed to him; he denies membership in ISIS.”
As was reported in The Algemeiner last month, the three suspects had been planning a “Judgment Day-style” attack against “infidels.”
It was not clear which of the men made the 911 call.