Charges have been brought against five east Jerusalem
residents on Thursday over a line of serious security offences. According to the indictment, the five conspired to carry out a shooting attack against worshipers and police forces at the Temple Mount
in Jerusalem's Old City.
The five, ages 20 to 25, are being charged with attempted kidnapping, attempted murder, aiding the enemy at a time of war, contact with a foreign agent and weapons charges.
According to the indictment, the five contacted terrorist organizations in the West Bank
and the Gaza Strip
and asked them for training on weapons and explosives. It is alleged they planned to kill worshippers and throw a grenade at a police station in east Jerusalem.
|Defendants brought to court (Video: Avi Peretz) |
They also planned to abduct a Jewish man, rob him of his weapon and use it to murder him. According to the indictment, the five took a hitch hiker near Givat Zeev last month but released him upon learning he was unarmed.
Suspects at Jerusalem District Court (Photo: Gil Yohanan)
It is claimed that at one stage the defendants sought to steal a weapon from a police officer but were forced to abort their plan when officers noticed their suspicion behavior.
The group later held fire practices at the Qalandiya
checkpoint, according to the indictment. The five also tried to purchase hand grenades and explosives and obtained materials for assembling a pipe bomb.
The State Prosecutor's Office is seeking to remand the suspects in custody until the completion of all legal proceedings.
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