The Northern District Attorney’s Office on Thursday filed indictments with the Nazareth District Court against seven Israelis for founding an Islamic State cell to carry out terrorist attack in Israel.
The defendants illegally purchased weapons, made contact with Islamic State agents in Syria and started to plan a shooting attack in the Emek Valley and on the police, the indictment states.
One of the defendants, Ahmed Ahmad, 26, from Nazareth, is already serving a life sentence for his involvement in the murder of taxi driver Yafim Weinstein in 2009.
He is accused of corresponding by cellphone with the others to advise them how best to perpetrate their planned terrorist attacks.
Three more defendants were accused of the most serious crimes and were named as Mahmoud Ihaav Sarif, 22, from Nazareth, Ahmad Omer Hagana, 20, from Yafia and Muhammad Hamad Gazal, 23, from Yafia.
The allegations in the indictments are as follows: The four defendants made contact with another Israeli who is still fighting with Islamic State forces in Syria and who encouraged them in their connections with the terrorist organization.
Sarif, Hagana and Gazal performed their weapons and military training in Hursha in October 2014 using a Beretta firearm, along with three others not indicted on Thursday.
On October 5, 2014, the other three not part of this case flew to Turkey and then made their way to Syria, though one of them, Hamza Magasme, returned to Israel on October 24, 2014 and was separately arrested and indicted.
Sarif, Hagana and Gazal were also asked to join Islamic State in Syria, but refused, committing instead to fighting locally for the organization against Israel.
SOURCE: YONAH JEREMY BOB
The Jerusalem Post