Israeli Arab Man Charged With Plotting Terror Attack on Behalf of Islamic Movement

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The leader of the Islamic Movement, northern branch, Sheikh Raed Salah, in 2017.
The leader of the Islamic Movement, northern branch, Sheikh Raed Salah, in 2017. Credit: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

The Beer Sheva District Court has sentenced an Islamic Movement (northern branch) activist to eight years in prison for planning a terror attack.

Firas Alomari was sentenced as part of a plea bargain in which he admitted to conspiring to assist an enemy in time of war and to promoting and supporting an illegal organization.

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Alomari was also convicted on several weapons charges. The court also gave him a suspended one-year sentence and imposed a fine of 10,000 shekels ($2,760).

According to the charges, Alomari, from the village of Sandala in the north, was planning an attack against Jews and IDF soldiers after the organization he was a member of was outlawed three years ago.

In addition to his activities with the movement, Alomari managed a non-profit group called “The Righteous Joseph,” which deals with issues pertaining to Palestinian prisoners.

According to the indictment Alomar, with two other people, Mohammed Masri and Mahmoud Luwaisi, examined potential sites for carrying out the attack, including a police station in Arad and a bus stop at the Arad and Dimona junction.

In addition, in 2016 Alomari received a bag containing remote control devices from Luwaisi. These were meant to activate improvised explosive devices. Alomari gave Luwaisi a Carl Gustav (Carlo) sub-machine gun which was seized by the police during their investigation.

Israel's security cabinet decided outlaw the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in 2015.

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