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Shabak Removes Gag Order Concerning Alleged Nazareth Teen-Age Terror Cell – OpEd


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

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Richard Silverstein

Richard Silverstein is an author, journalist and blogger, with articles appearing in Haaretz, the Jewish Forward, Los Angeles Times, the Guardian’s Comment Is Free, Al Jazeera English, and Alternet. His work has also been in the Seattle Times, American Conservative Magazine, Beliefnet and Tikkun Magazine, where he is on the advisory board. Check out Silverstein's blog at Tikun Olam, one of the earliest liberal Jewish blogs, which he has maintained since February, 2003.

One thought on “Shabak Removes Gag Order Concerning Alleged Nazareth Teen-Age Terror Cell – OpEd

  • April 18, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Judge every day by the seeds you plant. The harvest will follow.

    “Hitler didn’t finish the Job. The Muslims will finish the job”

    Palestinians, for the last 4 generations are daily planting hate .
    The killings are part of their harvest.
    The hate machine is funded by USA and Europe.
    They are transferring money to support the Palestinians TV, media and schools programs.
    However they don’t demand in return to put an end to the hate indoctrination.
    For generations Arabs are:
    *Teaching in children gardens and schools hate of non Muslims
    *Preaching in Mosques hate and militant Jihad against infidels.
    *Jews are non human and that fore should be killed.
    *Muslim Brother leader said one month ago in Cairo before 1 million people:
    “Hitler didn’t finish the Job. The Muslims will finish the job”
    Have you hear president Obama the change and his secretaries demanding to: end those speeches?
    Outlaw organizations and parties with such agenda?
    No ?

    Under Obama the change leadership the west and the free world is confused.
    The Arabs are manifesting to change the governments?
    Who are the potentials new leaders?
    Muslim Brotherhood and other similar Islamsit parties.
    Obama welcomes those organizations!


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