J’lem man in­dicted for mem­ber­ship in ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion

Jerusalem Post - - NEWS - • By UDI SHAHAM

Rami Fa­houri, a 26-yearold east Jerusalem res­i­dent, was in­dicted by the Jerusalem Dis­trict pros­e­cu­tion on Thurs­day for be­ing a mem­ber of the Shabab al-Aksa ter­ror­ist group.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion was out­lawed in Au­gust 2011, and in Novem­ber 2016, it was de­clared by De­fense Min­is­ter Avig­dor Liber­man to be a ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Shabab al-Aksa is a re­li­gious or­ga­ni­za­tion and is seen as Hamas’s long-arm at the Tem­ple Mount. Ac­cord­ing to the in­dict­ment, mem­bers of the or­ga­ni­za­tions were ac­tive in vi­o­lent clashes with po­lice and visi­tors on the Mount in re­cent years.

Fa­houri is sus­pected of be­ing party of the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s What­sApp group, in which he and his friends were up­dat­ing the mem­bers on Jews en­ter­ing the Tem­ple Mount com­pound.

Re­cently the Jerusalem Dis­trict pros­e­cu­tion in­dicted 13 other mem­bers of the or­ga­ni­za­tion, some of whom were in­volved in con­spir­ing to com­mit vi­o­lent ac­tiv­i­ties against se­cu­rity per­son­nel and Tem­ple Mount visi­tors.

The pros­e­cu­tion asked the court to keep Fa­houri in de­ten­tion un­til the end of his trial.

The in­dict­ment comes after a joint ef­fort of the Shin Bet (Is­rael Se­cu­rity Agency) and the Is­rael Po­lice in track­ing down and in­ves­ti­gat­ing Shabab al-Aksa ac­tiv­ity in the cap­i­tal’s Old City.

Dur­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion it was sus­pected the Hamas mem­bers were try­ing to trans­fer money into Is­rael. Their mo­tives are still un­clear.

One wo­man, also a res­i­dent of the Old City, who is known for her ac­tiv­i­ties in the Mura­bi­tat move­ment, was ar­rested dur­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Po­lice said their goal is to pre­vent the pres­ence of ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tions in­side the coun­try.

“The ar­rested sus­pect [Fa­houri] was a dom­i­nant mem­ber of an or­ga­ni­za­tion that was de­clared as a ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion. The po­lice is main­tain its ef­forts – in co­op­er­a­tion with the Shin Bet – to pre­vent ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion fo­rum op­er­at­ing in Jerusalem,” the po­lice said.

Last month a Hamas fund­ing ap­pa­ra­tus which trans­ferred money to fam­i­lies of Hamas ter­ror­ists in Jerusalem was ex­posed in a joint op­er­a­tion with the Is­rael Po­lice and the Shin Bet.

Dur­ing the op­er­a­tion some NIS 130,000 that was trans­ferred to fam­i­lies was seized.

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