Activists of the al-Shabab al-Aqsa organization, who were involved in an attempted terrorist attack against security forces and visitors of Temple Mount, were arrested over the previous month by the Shin Bet and Jerusalem Police. Five people were indicted in accordance to the Anti-Terrorism Law.
One the organization's activists killed policeman Yosef Karmia and former Knesset employer Levana Malihi in Jerusalem during last October.
Israel considers al-Shabab al-Aqsa as a terrorism organization. Its activists identify with Hamas and act to discourage visitors to Temple Mount, in addition to orchestrating violent brawls that have resulted in injured security officers.
As part of the Shin Bet's investigation, Mahmoud Abed al-Wahab and Said Abed al-Latif—a top official at al-Shabab al-Aqsa—was arrested on suspicion of recruiting new members to the organization. Israeli security officials are seeking to keep the suspects under arrest until the end of all legal proceedings.