Taibeh Residents Who Planned Train Attack Given 7, 15 Years in Prison

Two Israeli Arabs convicted of conpiring with Al-Aqsa to smuggle explosives into Israel, bomb Israel Railways.

The Tel Aviv District Court on Thursday sentenced two Taibeh residents to prison for planning to smuggle explosive devices into Israel with the intention of bombing an Israel Railways train.

Mujahad Dukan and Ameen Zivati were convicted of conspiring to aid an enemy during wartime and establishing contact with foreign agents. Dukan was sentenced to 15 years in jail and Zivati received seven years.

A member of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade, the military wing of the Palestinian Authority's ruling Fatah movement, approached Dukan in the summer of 2005 and asked him to smuggle into Israel three explosive devices to be used in an attack against Israel Railways. Dokan struck up a partnership with Zivati who agreed to help the former carry out the plan.

The original plan was to lay the explosives in a train car, but Dukan was concerned he would not be able to escape quickly enough from the car and suggested laying the explosives instead on the railroad tracks, close to his work place in Netanya. The plan was foiled by security forces and the explosives were never smuggled into Israeli territory.

Dukan planned to carry the explosives to Netanya on a commercial train car, where Zivati would lay the devices along the tracks and Dukan would detonate them from afar using a cellular phone. When the two traveled from Netanya to Tel Aviv, Zivati suggested Dokan lay the explosives in the Azrieli tower.

"Dukan's disgusting plan was to cause a bloodbath of innocent Israeli citizens which was thwarted only by miracle," said the judges in their conviction on Thursday.

The judges added they could not ignore Dukan and Zivati's treacherous behavior as Israeli citizens, acting as enemies from within their home country.