Israel Seeks to Indict Hamas Militants Who Allegedly Ran Cell in Hebron

The Shin Bet security service says it has uncovered the unit featuring women who worked with Hamas offices in both the Gaza Strip and abroad

Hebron in the West Bank, April 2017.
Olivier Fitoussi

The military advocate general seeks to indict Hamas activists who allegedly operated a cell in Hebron featuring several women, the army said on Tuesday.

The cell, uncovered by the Shin Bet security service, is said to have included women who worked with Hamas offices in both the Gaza Strip and overseas. The members sent and received messages and instructions, recruited activists, engaged in propaganda, helped families of prisoners and transferred money to finance Hamas activities, the military advocate general says.

Hamas’ Nizar Shehadeh and Faras Abu Sharah, who have served time in Israeli prison, allegedly established a central committee composed of several women that served as the cell’s executive arm.

According to the military advocate general, the committee was headed by Dina Karmi, whose husband Nashat Karmi shot and killed four people in the settlement of Beit Hagai in 2010. Following a manhunt he was shot dead by Israeli soldiers.

The committee allegedly expanded its activities over the years, recruiting dozens of activists to Hamas and establishing subcommittees. Some of the militants were sent to receive money and instructions from people at Hamas headquarters, including men who were deported from the West Bank in the 2011 prisoner exchange for abducted soldier Gilad Shalit.

A Palestinian protester moves a burning tire during clashes with Israeli troops in Hebron, July 27, 2018.
Mussa Qawasma / Reuters

These activists at Hamas headquarters were allegedly led by Haroun Nasser Adin, who now lives in Turkey.

Indictments were submitted in the Judea military court against Faras, Abu Sharah and Karmi, and against several female activists, for membership in an illegal organization.

The cell also tried to take control of the Hebron municipality and administer the city’s charitable institutions, the military advocate general says.