The Israeli Shabak, those crackerjack sleuths, have broken, if they are to be believed, a major Nazareth terror cell composed of three boys, aged 18-19, who’d been planning unsuccessfully for two years to create weapons to kill Israeli police and soldiers. I’ve already reported the arrest of Ahmad Ghanem, the so-called ringleader of the group, which was under a gag order. A few days later, likely after the full effect of gentle Shabak suasion took effect, two of Ghanem’s accomplices were also arrested under gag.
These bomb-makers were so proficient, Haaretz says, they gave up plans to build pipe bombs when they couldn’t get any to work. Then they turned to buying guns. But even these attempts were thwarted by the fact that the crack team of terrorists found the weapons too expensive. We don’t even know if they could’ve purchased the weapons whether they could’ve fired them, let alone hit anything. This wasn’t even the Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight. It was gang that couldn’t even get a gun. We should note that the indictment claims they met supposed arms dealers named “Ahmed” and “Mahmoud,” but that “the prosecution does not know their identities.” In other words, you have a good portion of this alleged conspiracy based on the existence of individuals the State can’t even identify or find.
So I’m not even sure what these kids did that was illegal. They went on a website & supposedly read about creating pipe bombs, tried to do it and failed, then switched tactics to buying weapons and failed at that too. Sounds like an open and shut case to me. Throw ‘em in jail and throw away the key.
It should be noted that now they will go to an Israeli prison where they will meet Palestinian prisoners who will be able to teach them how to commit the acts they failed at so miserably before. In case anyone doubts the impact of Israeli terror on Israeli Palestinians, it should be noted that these children decided to form their alleged terror cell in the aftermath of Operation Cast Lead.
This article first appeared at Tikun Olam