Sunday, February 04, 2007

4-Feb-07: Here's What We're Up Against... Every Day

Another (yet another) small, almost invisible, news story from among this evening's media reports. To be kept in mind for the next time they tell you Israel's security problems are all a matter of propaganda and some sort of national phobia. Living in the cross-hairs of the terrorists here in Jerusalem and reading other peoples' frequently superficial and ill-informed analysis from far-off, the thing you need to keep reminding yourself is that even paranoids have enemies. And we're not especially paranoid.

Security forces nab two terror cells operating in Jerusalem
Last update - 16:56 04/02/2007
By Jonathan Lis, Haaretz Correspondent

The Shin Bet security service and the police last week arrested members of two Palestinian terror cells operating in Jerusalem, a gag order lifted Sunday revealed. The cells, one linked to the Islamic Hamas militant group and the other to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, both originated from the Al-Ayada refugee camp in the West Bank.

Security forces arrested some 20 suspected members of the cells, which allegedly carried out a number of attacks including opening fire and hurling explosives at Israeli military and civilian cars near Rachel's Tomb, in the Jerusalem envelope and the Tunnel Road.

During questioning of the alleged members, security services learned that the cells produced dozens of pipe bombs, based on information gathered from the Internet. The members of the Hamas cell were recruited by a 40-year-old clergyman from a Bethlehem mosque. In the past, members were paid NIS 50 head for preparing explosives or executing an attack. The members of the cell also helped transport equipment, arms, and money. During a search of the suspects' houses, security forces found materials for creating explosives, Israel Defense Forces uniforms, rifles and an ax.

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