Cleared for publication: Three Israeli Arabs from east Jerusalem were indicted Monday for suspected membership in the Muslim Brotherhood, a group affiliated with Hamas.
The indictment includes charges of membership in a terror group and affiliation with an illegal group. The Jerusalem District Prosecution asked the court to remand all three pending the conclusion of the legal proceedings against them.
The three, Mahmoud Arnaut (30), Nasser Hadmi (40) and Abed Abu al-Mafalfel (41), are accused of raising funds for the organization, as well as aiding Muslim Brotherhood members and promoting anti-Israel propaganda.
According to the Jerusalem District Prosecution, Arnaut has been a member of the Muslim Brotherhood since 2006 and at one time was the director of three of its Jerusalem offices.
As part of his job, Arnaut had access to funds and was the group's local website administrator.
According to the case file, in June of 2009, Arnaut formed a division meant to assist families whose homes were either razed or slated to be razed by Israel.
Under the guise of the division, Arnaut raised funds in favor of the Muslim Brotherhood from both local and foreign elements, and also authorized a 300-unit housing project in the city's Jabel Mukaber neighborhood – a third of which was to go to Muslim Brotherhood members.
Hadmi and Mafalfel are accused of running the supposed aid division. Mafalfel is also accused of being a member of the Muslim Brotherhood information committee, which distributes anti-Israel propaganda.
Mafalfel is also suspected of affiliation with the international al-Quds organization.