Israeli Arab Suspected of Assisting Hamas in Planning Terror Attacks

Haifa District Court indicts the 26-year-old resident of Fureidis, who is suspected of recruiting other Israeli Arabs for Hamas military operations.

Security forces have recently arrested an Israeli Arab in northern Israel who is suspected of collaborating with Hamas and committing various security offenses.

The Haifa District Court on Wednesday served an indictment against the 26-year-old Amsalem Amin Meri, a resident of the Israeli Arab town of Fureidis.

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Meri is suspected of being recruited to the Hamas movement by a friend who he met during his studies in the Islamic University in Hebron. The two were members of the Hamas student movement in the university.

According to the indictment, Meri was asked to transfer materials in order to create explosives, as well as recruit other Israeli Arabs for military operations. Moreover, Meri was asked by Hamas to locate crowded places for potential terror attacks, and to aid in bringing in a suicide bomber into Israeli territory.

The indictment also specifies that Meri was supposed to get the help of other Israeli Arabs and establish an arm of Izz ad-Din al-Qassam in Israel, as well as go through military training and take courses on preparing explosives for Hamas.

According to the indictment, Meri had already began recruiting and among the recruits is a 23-year-old resident of Deir Hanna, who has been arrested and investigated by the Shin Bet. The 23-year-old alleges that he refused Meri's recruitment offer.