Background on Recent Terrorist Arrests …

BACKGROUND INFO: Palestinian Possessing Materials for Assembly of Mortar Shell Launcher Arrested in October


“Mohammed Musa Hassan Haj, 45, resident of the village of Beit Sira, was arrested on October 15, 2005 near Bir Zeit, north of Ramallah, after Israel Police forces found components of a mortar shell launcher during a routine security check of his vehicle.”

“The investigation showed that Haj had purchased the materials for manufacturing the launcher from a number of tradesmen in the Ramallah area, whom Haj stated were not aware of the purpose for which these materials would be used.”

“Haj obtained the knowledge required for manufacturing the weaponry during his stay overseas a number of years ago, as an active member of the Fatah movement, in which he served as a mortar shell launcher.”

“Furthermore, Haj planned to implement his knowledge in order to assemble explosive devices and transfer them to members of the ‘Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades.‘”

BACKGROUND INFO: Islamic Jihad Terrorist Involved in Suicide Bombing Attempt Arrested in Jenin


“Arrest of Islamic Jihad terrorist who had been involved in an attempt to carry out a suicide bombing in the coming days.”

“In a joint ISA and IDF operation tonight in the city of Jenin, IDF forces arrested Islamic Jihad terrorist Ashraf Mahmoud Husseini Awidat, while he hid in the student dormitories of the American University in Zebabda.”

Awidat, 19, served in the past few months as an assistant to Iyad Abu El-Roub, the head of Islamic Jihad in Jenin, who was arrested on November 24th.”

“Awidat was in charge of recruiting new members into the Islamic Jihad terror organization, and of recruiting terrorists to carry out suicide bombings for the organization.”

“According to security forces’ information, Awidat was presently planning the execution of another suicide bombing inside Israel.”