Illegal Palestinian Resident Charged With Attempting to Kidnap Israeli Civilian

Morad Ali-Hassin, 25, also admits to hurling firebombs at cars in the Misgav Regional Council.

Illustration: A man  in handcuffs.
Illustration: A man in handcuffs. Eyal Varshavsky

The Shin Bet security service revealed Thursday that a Palestinian who had been residing illegally in Israel has confessed to attempting to carry out terrorist attacks, including kidnapping a civilian from a private home in the north.

Morad Ali-Hassin, 25, was arrested last month in a joint Shin Bet and police operation and indicted at the Haifa District Court on Thursday, on charges of attempted kidnapping, trespassing and assault, inter alia. He had already been jailed in Israel, in 2008-9, after attempting to stab a soldier at a checkpoint.

The Shin Bet said in a statement that Ali-Hassin confessed during questioning to carrying out a number of attempted attacks over the court of April in the Misgav Regional Council. On April 19, he tried breaking into a home in the community of Avtalion, armed with a knife, the Shin Bet said. Hassin allegedly planned to kidnap a member of the household, to take hostage and yield negotiations for the release of Palestinian prisoners.

Ali-Hassin also admitted during the interrogation to throwing firebombs at cars in the area, once on April 20 near the Avtalion community and again a day later, near Kibbutz Eshbal. There were no casualties in either incident.

The Shin Bet said that Ali-Hassin also tried, unsuccessfully, to torch a local orchard with a firebomb.

The Shin Bet said in its statement that while the interrogation showed that Ali-Hassin apparently acted alone, he tried to convince other illegal residents to carry out attack with him. A number of illegal residents were arrested alongside Ali-Hassin.

The arrest proves "the great danger of illegal residents entering Israel" and the need "to shut any breaches in the fence that are being exploited for entry," the Shin Bet said.