by Arutz Sheva Staff
Security forces expose Hezbollah terror cells recruited on Facebook for purpose of committing series of terror attacks in Israel.
Cleared for publication: In an operation involving the IDF, the Shin Bet, and the Israel Police several terror cells have been recently exposed. The terrorists, residents of Judea and Samaria, had been recruited through Facebook by Hezbollah operatives in Lebanon and Gaza.
The arrest of the terrorists prevented the cells from carrying out attacks in Israel.
The Shin Bet emphasized that the terror cells reflect a concentrated effort by Hezbollah over the past few years to recruit terrorists from Judea, Samaria, and Gaza, to commit terror attacks against Israeli targets.
The recruits were instructed to help with fundraising for terror operations as well.
Among the cells exposed was one from the Qalqilya area. The cell had been ordered to commit an attack against an IDF patrol. Heading the cell was Mustafa Kemal Hindi, 28, of Qalqilya who was recruited to the Hezbollah in December of 2015 through a Facebook page containing anti-Israel and jihadist content.
Hindi told interrogators that he was in constant contact with his Hezbollah controller through Facebook, and later through email. The controller even sent him an encryption program to allow them to communicate undetected.
Hindi was directed to gather recruits and act against Israel, including shooting at IDF patrols in the area.
Hindi recruited four terrorists from Qalqilya and they began to gather information on army patrols in the Qalqilya area and training with hunting rifles.
In June 2016 the cell-members were arrested before they managed to bring their plans to fruition. Indictments have been filed against the terrorists.
In addition, security forces arrested terrorists who had been recruited by a Hezbollah operative from Gaza and were ordered to commit suicide and shooting attacks.
Mohammed Faiz Abu Jadian, the Gaza Hezbollah operative, had recruited several terrorists from Judea and Samaria through Facebook. Most of the terrorists received encryption programs through email.
In recent months Hezbollah has also contacted Israeli Arabs through Facebook in hopes of drafting them for terrorist activity. These efforts were identified by the Shin Bet, which spoke with the Israeli Arabs in question and made them sign a legal document emphasizing that further contact with Hezbollah constitutes a breach of law.
It was also revealed that Hezbollah was using a number of Facebook accounts to make contact with said Israeli Arabs. These profiles were likewise located.
The profiles were replete with pro-Palestinian content. Hezbollah's method apparently is to initiate contact privately, and afterward to propose joining the activity of the terror organization. This method is not only directed towards Israeli Arabs, but towards the Palestinian population of Judea and Samaria.
In this context, it will be remembered that the leader of the terror ring from Tulkarm whose members were arrested in December 2015 had admitted that he was drafted to Hezbollah by the profile of Jawad Nasrallah, none other than the son of the Head of Hezbollah.
According to the Shin Bet, "in recent years Unit 133 of Hezbollah has been trying to establish its terrorist infrastructure within Israel and Judea and Samaria - as of now, unsuccessfully. As part of its attempts, the Organization is using the internet to draft operatives to execute terror attacks against Israeli targets (buses, IDF forces), and is likewise trying to form terror cells for carrying out attacks.
"Hezbollah has set for itself the goal of increasing the amount of terror incidents as of late, but from afar, so as not to reveal its complicity in the attacks. It achieves this end, among other ways, by inciting the Palestinian population to carry out terror attacks in exchange for monetary compensation.
"The transferring of funds from Lebanon to Judea and Samaria, like the recruiting of operatives from Judea and Samaria, is done through Hezbollah operatives in the Gaza Strip, who help with recruitment and activation," the Shin Bet reported.
Arutz Sheva Staff
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