Israeli Arab indicted for attack attempt

Sunday, October 29, 2006 |  by Staff Writer
A 20-year-old woman from the Arab-Israeli town of Tira was indicted on Sunday for allegedly planning an attack in the Spaghetim restaurant in Ra’anana as a part of a terror cell established by a Kalkilya resident in May of 2006.

The indictment handed to the Tel Aviv district Court, accuses the woman, Wurood Kassem, of conspiring to aid the enemy in time of war, contact with a foreign agent, illegally carrying a weapon, and membership in a terrorist group.

According to the indictment, the woman had received instructions from Kalkilya resident Bassal Hamad, who had decided to establish a terror cell of the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade with the purpose of carrying out attacks against IDF soldiers, Israeli civilian targets, and against Palestinians suspected of collaborating with Israel.

The indictment indicated that Kassem was asked to deliver a bomb in her vehicle from the West Bank into Israel and to hand it to her cousin who was an employee of the Spaghetim restaurant in Ra’anana. She had also been recruited for the purpose of transferring weapons from Israel into the West Bank.

Tira Mayor Khalil Kassem said in reaction to the indictment that he strongly condemns the actions of the women saying it is unbefitting a resident of Tira. He said he did not know the woman, although she carries the same last name as his and one of the largest families in Tira.

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