|ISIS IN ISRAEL|
ISIS cell arrested in Hebron, the ancient Jewish city of the Patriarchs, that the current PM handed over to the Arabs. Islamic State-affiliated cell already carried out one failed attack; planned to kill soldier and use his weapon for more terror attacks.
Israeli security forces broke up an ISIS-linked terror cell in Hebron, it was revealed Sunday. Hebron is an ancient Jewish city 19 miles or 30 km south of Jerusalem.
The arrests were made in November 2014, after members of the cell had already carried out one failed attack against local IDF forces, hurling an explosive device at soldiers which caused no injuries.
Members of the cell, all of whom are residents of Hevron, had also planned a series of future attacks.
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One of them, Ahmed Shahadah, confessed to planning to set up an ISIS terrorist cell to carry out attacks.
He also admitted that he and his two accomplices constructed a number of bombs, one of which they hurled at IDF soldiers in Hevron.
Shahadah also admitted that the three terrorists planned to kill a soldier and use his weapons and uniform to carry out a larger attack. He said they had already attempted to carry out their plan once, but returned unsuccessful.
The other two suspects also confessed their involvement in the terror cell.
Masawada told his interrogators he had also planned to kill a Jewish resident of Hevron near the Ein Avraham spring, and steal his weapon.
News of the ISIS cell comes after it was revealed the IDF has created a special intelligence unit to track ISIS's attempts to recruit Palestinian Arabs.
"ISIS's people are knocking on our border," one IDF officer said. "Today there are strong in Sinai and therefore we have to prepare for it. In general all threats of terror within our border employ all of the IDF."
Several Israeli Arabs and Palestinians have gone to fight for ISIS in Syria and Iraq, but this is the first major ISIS terror plot broken up inside Israel.
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History of Hebron
Patriarch Abraham purchased a cave in Hebron for the family burial place.
King David was anointed at Hebron
Invading Muslims converted the Tomb of the Patriarchs into a mosque.
Left: Building hosting the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron
The 1929 pogrom.
In 1929 local Arabs devastated the Jewish community of Hebron by perpetrating a vicious, large-scale, organized, pogrom. The assault was well planned and its aim was the elimination of the Jews of Hebron. The killers did not spare women, children, or the aged; the British (who were occupying the area at that time) gave passive assent. Sixty-seven were killed, 60 wounded, the community was destroyed, synagogues razed, and Torah scrolls burned."
Liberated in 1967, PM Netanyahu handed Hebron over to the Arabs in 1997. Arabs have harassed and killed Jews living in Hebron since, including a Jewish baby by an Arab sniper.
The illustration on the left shows Hebron.
- H1 in orange is the Muslim controlled area.
- H2 in white is the Israeli controlled area. (Wikipedia)
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Commentary by Arab Muslim journalist