...Astonishingly, another Jerusalem terror cell was uncovered earlier the same day. The Shin Bet and the IDF said the charges this time involve shootings and attacks by explosives based on agricultural fertilizer inputs. One of the members is an Arab Israeli; he exploited that status to acquire the materials needed for the explosives and to obtain weapons.
This Ongoing War..
01 May '14..
If you refer back to previous posts here (for instance "6-Apr-14: Scenes from an ongoing war"), you will know that serious and rising levels of violence have become part of life in several Jerusalem neighbourhoods that border on Arab communities.
Yesterday, after several months of investigation, the police along with the Israel Security Agency (Israelis know it as the Shin Bet), announced the arrest of several members of what they called a terror cell based in Isawiya, an Arab neighbourhood in the eastern part of Israel's capital that borders on the Hadassah Mt Scopus hospital campus.
They are charged with a string of violent attacks on Israelis focused on Jerusalem's French Hill quarter and the Mount Scopus campus of the Hebrew University. Those include the hurling of firebombs (media reports often call these Molotov Cocktails though that makes them sound too benign) at a synagogue six months ago, at a residential apartment two months ago, and at a dance club in April - all in French Hill. Israel National News, which is one of the few news channels to regularly report on this sort of attack, says